For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Consider the Importance of “Orderliness”

By E. J. Bradshaw

The 1790’s English writer, Edmond Burke, reflecting on the French revolution, said “Good order is the foundation of all good things.” Trying to define order, Webster said, “Order is a state or condition in which everything is in its right place and functioning properly – a fixed or definite plan.” My definition is, “Order is the opposite of chaos.” For the bigger part of two weeks at my house, I have endured, tolerated, and lived in a total state of chaos. A local company contracted to install new tile in a part of my home. In turn, they hired a local, independent company to do the installation. They promised to complete the job in five days. At this writing, it has been seven working days, and they are not half done. I’ll bet that Jerry Lee Lewis never had his piano in his bathroom for an entire week! Not many people have ever had to go out the front door and around the house to squeeze into the kitchen.

I had worked two days to get all my books so I knew exactly where to reach for a book or books pertaining to various subjects. Now: total chaos.

What have I learned from this aggravating experience? One: I’ve learned that today’s work ethic is far different from my yesteryear boyhood training! Two: I learned that my boiling point is sometimes closer to the surface than I like to admit! Three: Even in our worship experiences, God loves order and commands that “all things be done decently and in order”. 1 Corinthians 14:40. Four: The effectiveness of a good man is enhanced when the Lord is allowed to order his steps. Psalms 37:23. Five: Once I get my home back under my control, I have resolved to maintain a modicum of order. I’ve had a stomach full of the chaotic state that things are in now.

But there is another aspect revealed in the Biblical account of Hezekiah, ancient king of Judah. The Prophet Isaiah spoke to the king for God and said, “Set your house in order: you’re going to die; you are not going to live.” II Kings 20:1, Isaiah 38:1. If Jesus delays His coming, all of us will die. In fact, the Bible says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment. Hebrews 9:27. Each person needs to get his house in order by adopting a right attitude about death. Death is a part of life’s cycle. We need to stay current by expressing what we need to say to loved ones. We need to inform family members about the finances in the home and have proper, up-to-date documents detailing our desires. A living will should be prominent among the documents, and spiritual preparation needs to be made. When your heart stops, you are in no shape to cram for the exams; and Jesus said, “I am the Way, the truth and the life, and no man comes to the Father but by me. We may all be trying to get to the same place; but according to the One who lived without sin, and died for our sins and rose again after three days, there is just one way to heaven and Jesus is the only way. Thank God for the words of Jesus when He said, “Him that comes to me, I will in no wise cast out. Under no circumstance will I turn away.” John 6:37. Paul assures us that whoever calls Jesus Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:8-10.

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