Romans 15:33-“May the God of Peace be with you all.”
When we realize God’s love for us, we know that he wants the best for us. In this realization, we understand that he has our back so we have peace when we know him. It s is like a baby who knows that when he or she cries out, the baby’s mother will come running to comfort the child. This baby is secure in the knowledge that the baby’s mother will come. This baby is content and grows into a happy childhood. A baby that does not feel this security, that has had his or her mother not there when the child needed her is less likely to feel secure and will fuss a whole lot more. This is not to say that every child whose mother comforts the child will always feel security however. The mother may be there and yet for some reason the child does not feel that security. There is something else going on in that child’s life.. God is always there for us, but even though he is always there, we do not always feel it for some reason.It is only in the realization that we know we can trust him that we are confident in that peace.
If we do not recognize God’s role in our lives, we however cannot have any real peace. There is a peace that is deceptive. Like the peace of someone on a river but is getting ready to go over the falls. The only way we can obtain lasting peace is through our acceptance of Christ’s love gift on the cross.
The Author of Peace
Paul says in I Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”
Confusion about Women Speaking in the Church
God is the author of peace, not the author of confusion. Our creator wants peace in all churches and between the people who claim him as their Father. In the verse following this one it says:
“Let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak, but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law and if they will learn anything, ask their husbands at home. For this it is a shame for women to speak in church.”
Some people and even denominations take this to mean that women are not to be teachers, preachers, prophets and go so far as to say that women should not even pray aloud in church. However, this is not what Paul is talking about here. What he is doing is giving an example where the churches had allowed confusion to enter their churches. Women were speaking (the word speak here means randomly, not as in oration) out in church asking their husbands questions and disrupting the service.
The verses immediately after this also confirm that it relates to the idea that this is not speaking of women having speaking positions in the church, but are still addressing the idea of confusion in the church.
In verse 37, the word translated man includes not only men, but women as well. The word used there should have been anyone rather than man. Therefore the verse should read,
“If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let that person acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of God.”
Verse 40 then says,
“Let all things be done decently and in order.” In other words, do things honestly and with knowledge and in the proper sequence.”
The problem wasn’t that the women of Corinth were female, the problem was that they were disruptive and most of the time they didn’t know what they were talking about.
Spewing Utter Nonsense
We see that all the time on the internet. We see people who just post random things that if you really look into it, are posting nonsense. Same thing can happen with male pastors of a church (yes, female too.) I cannot tell you how many times I have heard pastors preach on verses out of context simply so he could create a sermon.
How do we know if what is being said is of God or not? We know that something is of God if we sense God’s peace about it and are not confused by it. If it confuses us, we need to investigate further into why it confuses us. It could simply be that this is an area that we do not understand or that it is an area that we thought we knew something when in truth we didn’t know half of what we thought we knew. It may simply be nonsense that we should ignore.
God is Never Wrong
I think the most important thing to realize God is always right and is that we as people could be wrong. When what we believe lines up with God’s truth and order, we have his peace. When it doesn’t, then we are out of alignment with God’s Word.
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga