Haven’t we all had those moments of confusion in life? Those moments of unsureness, hesitation, indecision, doubt, even skepticism? When so many things seem to be thrown at us that settling the mind can seem a major challenge. From where to eat out to what to watch on television, too many choices can lead to confusion. But that isn’t the only kind of confusion. In today’s world, we are faced with a barrage of things that distort our view on so many things, creating confusion that can stymie even our walk of faith.
When we have been confronted with people we discover we cannot trust, then confusion bleeds into all areas of our lives, creating such insecurity and doubt. Was my spouse really working late? Is that person really my friend? Is that salesperson trying to manipulate me into getting what he/she wants me to buy and not what I want or need? How do I know that this person talking to me about Christ really knows Christ and the words shared can be trusted? How can I be sure the ministry where I put my money will really be used to help people and not end up financing a trip to the Bahamas? How? Why? What? When? When it gets too much, so many seem to shut down. They close the door to the world and the people in it, both physically and emotionally.
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. – 1 Corinthians 14:33a
Holding on to that basic truth can be a strong foundation for believers. The greatest way to defeat confusion is to know the Word of God, to study, to know, what God is telling us. Equally important is to communicate with God. Not just give him a want list, but to talk with him, listen for His response.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. – John 14:26
The pastor that mentored me taught me to check words, actions, thoughts, and confusing teachings against God’s Word. In order to do that, I had to know the Word, and after all these years I’m still learning. To know that God is speaking to each of us through the God Breathed scripture He gave us, is to know that there are answers, that there is peace.
We have to personally make a decision to trust God, to submit the doubts, the confusion, the scattered thoughts to God, and in surrendering them we can begin to trust ourselves to be able to avoid so much confusion.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, – 2 Corinthians 10:5
We have an enemy. We need to recognize the impact he has in this world, in our lives; to stand firm in God’s strength in order to continue forward in sharing the good news to a world lost in confusion, praying that minds are not veiled to the gospel.
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2-4
Confusion, small or large, is not insurmountable with God on your side.
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