I am organized; my wife is clean. It is an oversimplification, but it does summarize us well. I will “straighten up” the kitchen after a meal, and then she will come through with the bleach. I like to put things where they are supposed to be. Early in our marriage, if my wife wanted to get my attention, she would “move” something on my desk. Simply stated, she got my attention. I need to be careful how I esteem the value of orderliness, but it is important.
The great philosopher (or, at least, fun cooking show host) Paula Deen has said, “I am guilty of buying way too many gadgets – way too many! And though I try to keep things nice and orderly, sometimes I get distracted and stick saucepans where the stockpots should go.” Most people can relate. We get frustrated when we cannot find things because they are not where they are supposed to be. Even in her freelance way, she has a sense of order with her recipes (plus a pound of butter). We like a sense of order.
Most writers choose 1 Corinthians 14:33 and 40 as the key verses for 1 Corinthians: “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints. But all things should be done decently and in order.” God is a God of order. Order does bring peace. Confusion happens when we are rattled, frazzled, and out of control.
Orderliness is when people take pride in themselves and what is around them. They take the time to become aware of everything that is going on in their lives that they choose to handle in a certain order.
In Job 25:2, it says, “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.” If we are made in God’s image, I think there is some part of us that can be orderly.
This week appreciate the purposely-planned order of worship.
“To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.” – Plato