Just about every communicator on the planet likes to create and use metaphor as a way to make a point. Often times they employ a technique of divide and conquer, meaning they divide people into 2 groups by saying something like there are really only 2 kinds of people in this world, people who like M&M’s and people who like Reese’s Pieces.
This is obviously just a silly example, but what I have learned over the years is that most of the time, there are 2 types of reactions from people when you engage them in a discussion about The Creative Order.
Most of the time, its confusion.
So what’s The Creative Order, you’re asking?
Well, watch the lyric video below and you’ll begin to understand.
Still wondering what The Creative Order is all about?
Proverbs 16:33 says this, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.”
Starting to get it now?
The Creative Order speaks to our identity, but more than that, it speaks to what we allow to form our identity, what we base our identity on.
It alludes to why, as Christians, we could ever sing such words as “We Won’t Be Shaken.”
Even in the face of hard providences, and the darkest nights of the soul, these words resonate, bringing peace and comfort to those in need.
When The Creative Order is in balance, reconciled, settled, or however you want to put it, our identity isn’t shaken when circumstances don’t go our way.
It’s precisely in those moments we believe and develop a deeper understanding when James 1:2 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when trouble comes your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
No, not just joy.
If you’re following along with me, then you can imagine what comes next.
Yep. That’s right.
The Creative Order becomes the basis of how we can worship not in spite of our circumstances, but because of them. [love others by tweeting that!]
All throughout the bible you read story after story of men and women who talk about being chased, killed, attacked, hungry, having no home, abused, thrown in fires, tossed to lions, betrayed, and yet there is always a line somewhere that follows that says something like, yet I will praise The Lord, or I will worship The Lord.
They had it right and for a long time I always looked at them as being supernaturally different because of it. But I’ve since learned that they truly were just people, ordinary people, like you and I, who were invited into a larger story full of excitement and glory. Somehow they caught a glimpse of that glory, and it settled things once and for all for them!
The Creative Order is the reason why my world has been turned right-side up! It’s the reason why I wrote The Awesome Manifesto. (which I would love for you to have for FREE, see below!) And it’s the single greatest reason why I have more peace and joy in the midst of circumstances than ever before!
The awesome news is that you can too!
Here’s some questions for you today:
Is your ability to rest and find joy being stolen? Are you not able to worship because of the circumstances you’re in? What does The Creative Order speak to you?
For me, engaging with you is everything! None of this makes any sense without it, so share your thoughts in the comments below, or email directly at josh [at] thejoshcollins [dot] com!