Today, I want to talk to people who are in confusing circumstances.
To us, confusion is an evil villain. It comes against us to steal our faith and thereby, our sense of stability in the Lord. Confusion usually appears when the pathway we walk becomes “clouded” and we either don’t know what to do or where to go. Everyone experiences such times in life. As a matter of fact, they are normal. This is where many people trip up because they are under an illusion that such times should never happen to a believer and when they do, something is dreadfully wrong.
Before you buy into this corruption of biblical doctrine, go back and read your Bible carefully. If you do, you will find that the people in the Word of God were often in places in which the way to go was unclear. Repeat after me:
God leads us down some unclear pathways to teach us to walk by faith so that we can see the miraculous glory of God!
Let’s be honest. If God revealed to you and I every step down the pathway of His will for our lives, we would not choose to go down it! I know, you are probably more spiritual than I am and would go regardless of what pain and heartache lies ahead. But, if we can avoid pain, don’t we normally choose to do so? Isn’t that our definition of wisdom?
In His infinite, undefiled, and loving wisdom, God has chosen to reveal Himself to us – and through us by resurrection AND death. As a matter of fact, there must be a death before resurrection is possible. The apostle Paul understood this very well and we see it clearly in one of my favorite scriptures Philippians 3:7-11:
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. But indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
Now, look carefully at this part:
“I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
What is the “heartbeat” of your life? Do you want to truly “know” Christ?
Then, according to Paul, this is possible only through knowing or “the fellowship with” His sufferings. To attain resurrection power, we must conform to His death.
How does this relate to confusion?
When we encounter situations that are confusing, we begin to hear “questions” arise in our minds.
“How can this be God?” “If God were truly leading you, you would not be experiencing what your are experiencing!”
We have a “theological” name for these questions. They are called “doubt.” Don’t mistake “doubt” for “confusion.” Confusion is a normal circumstance of life. Whenever you are going somewhere and you get to a place that doesn’t look familiar, confusion is natural. But, beware that your confusion doesn’t turn to doubt. Confusion says, “I wonder where we are?” Doubt takes this a step further into unholiness. It says, “I don’t think that the directions are good. Whoever created this map made a mistake! We are hopelessly lost!”
True believers must learn that a Holy Spirit led person will often not know “where” they are in their journey. Our job is not to know each step but to trust the One who guides no matter where we are! Holy Spirit led individuals must know that God will purposely lead them to what appears to be a “dead end” so that He can make a way where there seems to be no way.
In this, He is seen to be present among us!
So, if you want peace, stop trying to figure out why God is doing what He is doing. Instead, put your efforts into worshiping Him and trusting Him. Make “character” – not “accomplishments” your focus. Live for His glory, no matter How He chooses to manifest His glory in your life.
Next time we are together, I’ll share more related to this subject.
This is not a “modern” message but it is a biblical one.
And, let all people who seek a “biblical” life say, “Amen!”