While going through a tough time for three weeks in a hospital room concerned with my mother’s dire health situation, God taught me about peace. I would like to share it with you now. I had his peace throughout this attack of sickness against my mother, and guess what, we won!
My goal is to show you that the peace of God and His divine order are synonymous.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27).
First, understand that God’s peace is more than a tranquil feeling, an inner stillness, a calm or a rest of the soul. That’s part of it, but it’s much more.
When Jesus said, “My peace I leave with you”, it meant everything He came to accomplish in doing the will of the Father, and all the blessing that brings. He gave His peace to keep you strong and entrusted it to you to bear fruit. Outside of the peace of God, there’s chaos, disorder, confusion, and strife. Without God’s peace we would be unable to function, so we thank God He gave it to His disciples. But how do we walk in it?
In man-made authority structures you will hear frequent mentions of divine order. Those sitting in the proverbial “Seat of Moses” will reiterate to you over and over again how important it is for you to submit to them, so that you can enjoy the anointing and grace on their lives. What’s worse, by sitting in Moses’ Seat they take liberties in making strong claims with proof-texted un-exegetical verses of Scripture that God has appointed them to rule over you for your benefit. How convenient? The spiritual covering doctrine is one of the offshoots of the “man ruling over man” authority teaching.
Such teachings are nothing more than fear tactics to keep the church attendance roll high, and the tithe rolling in. This motivation is wrong and leads to spiritual abuse and control.
Whether Paul said it or not is not the final answer, and because Paul didn’t and would never contradict Christ, we should always contrast the interpretation of his writings with Jesus’ Words to be on a firm foundation. Since Jesus is Lord, He has the final word, not our religious dogmas and mindsets. So what did Jesus say?
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:25-26, Luke 22:25-27).
May I suggest that, “It shall not be so among you…,” is still a commandment of the Lord today.
We are not great by ruling over others, we are great by serving one another.
Where the peace of God is not present there is no divine order and vice versa. So how do the peace of God and divine order come? Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When and where the will of God is obeyed His divine order gets established there and then. God’s will is in obeying His Son Jesus Christ, not in man’s assumed governance over another.
I am sure you have experienced the incredible joy and the peace surpassing all understanding, that obedience to His will brings. Think of it, a peace that’s beyond the realm of comprehension. A peace so strong, stronger than any storm in your life. That is the place of divine order.
Man-made order does not and I emphasize “cannot” bring the peace of God, therefore it cannot be divine order, although those who enforce it present it as such.
Man-made order while full of accountability still falls short, because there is also much controlling abuse involved with it, being that its strength lies in the demands of submission and compliance to a hierarchy other than, besides, and often instead of God.
In contrast, God’s divine order is submission to one another within the Body of Christ; Submission to His Son Jesus, to His Word (commandments), and to His Holy Spirit.
What about leaders and elders?
The members of the Body of Christ are to discern those that say they have a gift or word from God and examine them based on fruits of character, and then after that, willingly receive them and the gift God gave them to share. (1 John 4:1)
As a caution, when those who have been received begin to demand submission to them as a prerequisite to partake in the gift, draw disciples after themselves, insist on loyalty to them as preeminent bishops, as they begin to establish authority structures within the Body of Christ, then it has become man’s order instead of God’s divine order.
Again, the peace of God is beyond the realm that man’s natural understanding can grasp, yet it is that which keeps our hearts and minds through difficult times. That is the peace our LORD Jesus gave us.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
As part of the Body of Christ you are called to the peace of God, and that peace should govern you.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful (Colossians 3:15).
Peace by definition means order. So that World Peace really means World Order and the Peace of God is God’s divine order. Choose which you want to rule over your mind.
God’s Divine Order comes when everything is functioning as God intended, according to His will. This is the true meaning of “Good” in the book of Genesis. After each day when God finished a part of His creation the Scriptures say, “God saw [that it was] good.” This means in Hebrew, a functioning properly according to His will. So, if a person or a thing is not functioning according to God’s will, then it is not good, and cannot be called good because it doesn’t bring forth the peace of God.
Divine order is not about being in compliance with and under subjection to a presumed hierarchy of authority. Far more, it is the result of doing the will of God, including obeying the specific purpose assigned to you by God.
When you walk in this peace of God that’s already been given you in Jesus, you don’t have to doubt whether you are in divine order or not. When His Peace is there, His divine order is there. You don’t have to be afraid, you can function properly in faith and obedience to Him even while a storm is raging around you. So, peace, be still and know that He is God.