7 Things God Is Not (Part 1)
Statement #1 – God is not a man.
“God is not a man, that He should lie; Neither the son of man, that He should repent: Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
The context of this first “God Is Not” statement is important to understanding God’s use of it in Scripture.
We don’t have to be blown about by all the changes in this world. We need to rest in our unchanging God Who always comes through on His promises to us.
Statement #2 – God is not the author of confusion.
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
We live in a day and age in which people thrive on flouting the rules and flaunting their own ideas about life and what should be acceptable. This pragmatic anything-that-pleases-me-goes attitude always breeds confusion about what is really right and what is wrong. Modern-day society would have us believe that there is no absolute truth. But God’s Word is clear about these things, and this passage reminds us that all the confusion being fed to us through the world’s teaching does not originate with God!
In the context of 1 Corinthians 14, Paul is admonishing the Corinthian church concerning those who would prophesy in the church. There should be an order about how those things in the church should occur.
We can observe orderly processes in life like the change of the seasons, the rising and setting of the sun, the process of photosynthesis, and many other situations that prove the orderliness of God. The world would have us believe that all of these natural processes just came to be by chance. But that faulty thinking denies an Intelligent Designer Who planned these processes very carefully. He is, as Paul states here, a God of peace not of confusion. Paul even finishes this chapter in I Corinthians with this admonition— “Let all things be done decently and in order” (I Corinthians 14:40).
This is a foundational truth that could transform much of our society if it were believed and practiced. Instead, we see people more readily reverting to the time of the book of Judges when “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
What is the application for you and me from this verse? We ought to follow God’s design of orderliness in all areas of our lives. We must be grounded in the Word of God to know what that peace and order look like when following God’s plan.
He is our perfect example. We never find in the Bible that Jesus was dealing with people in a frazzled, distraught, or confused manner. He always shared His peace with the people to whom He ministered.
One commentator put it this way: “[The servant of the Lord in the church] should reflect the character of God. He is a God … of peace, not disorder, and His Spirit worked to produce the same fruit (Galatians 5:22) in believers’ lives.” 
What are we doing on a daily basis to produce peace and not disorder in our lives? How are we sharing that peace with others in a world that is full of disorder and confusion?
“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” Proverbs 12:15
 Lowery, D. K. (1985). 1 Corinthians. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, p. 540). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
What counsel from God’s Word will help you to be wise in these areas of your life?
7/28/2021 04:57:20 pm
I appreciate this series of what God is NOT. I'm thankful he is not a man and that he is not the author of confusion!
8/10/2021 03:10:45 pm
I'm super excited for this series, Lisa! It's not something I had given a lot of thought to prior to Amanda writing it, but it's great and thought-provoking! Can't wait for part 2 next month!
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