Not Confusion, but Peace

It is well worth a trip to the dictionary to find the various implications of the word "confusion." An unlovely lot they are; and when one pursues farther the list of synonyms associated with this term, he comes to the conclusion that there is not one good thing to be said about confusion or any of its relatives. When the dictionary gives as antonyms "method" and "order," one sees that confusion connotes lawlessness—the opposite of order, harmony, and peace. What comfort, therefore, may the human family find in Paul's assurance (I Cor. 14:33) that "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."

Without doubt Christian people for centuries have read these words in their Bibles and have gone right on making bosom companions of what the Apostle James calls "confusion and every evil work" (James 3:16). And wherefore? Is it not because mankind has been woefully ignorant as to the nature of God, and has not understood man's spiritual status and dominion over evil?

February 15, 1947

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