Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Benefits of Order

Have you ever lost your keys? Spent time looking for the remote? Ran out of clean clothes? Neglected to do something important? Forgot a friend’s birthday? Paid a bill late because it got lost in a pile on your desk?

All of these problems are the result of a lack of order in your life.

Have you ever tried to get a coke out of a machine that was “Out of Order?” You put money in, but nothing comes out. When your life is “Out of Order” you will no longer be productive. God finds it difficult to bless someone whose life is “Out of Order.”

Recently I visited a friend’s house. His life was completely “Out of order.” Dirty dishes filled the sink. Half-eaten sandwiches were growing mold on the kitchen counter. The toilet was filthy. A huge pile of dirty clothes was on the floor of his bedroom. Unpaid bills sat unopened. He had allowed the insurance on his car to expire. He is an extremely talented individual, but his lack of attention to details made his life miserable. Because of the absence of order in his life, he was struggling with depression and lack of motivation.

One of the greatest secrets of success in life is order. Order makes me happy. In my house, I like to have a place for everything, and I keep everything in its place. This eliminates wasting time looking for my keys, my cell phone, or my wallet. I like having clean carpets, an empty kitchen sink, and a neat desk. When things are in disorder, I become stressed out.

What is order? Order is the organized arrangement of every detail in your life.

Why should we increase the order in our lives? Order increases your wealth…your favor…your success…your happiness…your rewards…your self-esteem…your self-worth…your productivity. Order determines what goals you meet or fail to achieve. Order will move you to new levels in your life. Order brings promotion.

God is a God of order. Throughout the Bible, we see how much God values order. God is an organizer. He plans everything. According to 1 Peter 1:20, the plan of salvation through the blood of Jesus was premeditated “before the foundation of the world.” Before the prophet Jeremiah was even born, God had a plan for his life (Jeremiah 1:5). God put the marriage supper of the lamb on the calendar over 6,000 years in advance.

Creation provides evidence of God’s passion for order.
The opposite of order is chaos. In the beginning of time, God hovered over the deep and brought order. Wherever God is, He brings order. Mike Murdock says, “Chaos in marriage is caused by a lack of God. Chaos in government is caused by a lack of God. Chaos in your finances is caused by a lack of God.”

Evidence of God’s passion for order is found in the majestic dance of the planets of our solar system…in the way our bodies are wonderfully made…in every detail of creation. God operates through organized systems.

 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead…” (Romans 1:20 NKJV). The theory of evolution teaches that everything happens by chance. Evolution is Satan’s diabolical plan to hide God’s passion for order. Deliberate design requires that there be a Designer.

Two examples of God’s ordered design is your eye and your ear. “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12 NKJV). In your eye there are over one million microscopic optic nerves that match up with a fiber-optic cable in your brain. This precise and delicate match-up is what allow you to see. Under my computer desk there are dozens of cords that I have to plug into the right holes in order for my computer, printer, and fax machine to work. When I moved my computer, it took me over an hour to get every cord back in its proper place. Yet, in your eye God has plugged in over one million tiny cords to their proper receptors so that you can see.

In your ear there are three tiny bones that work together perfectly in conjunction with your eardrum to allow you to hear. How could these small bones evolve so precisely? If even one bone was missing or even slightly smaller or bigger, you would be unable to hear.