As human beings we can get terribly confused.
As a result of – innumerous scenarios we experience in life. We end up confused about all sorts of things,
When in a state of confusion with our thoughts spiralling left right and centre, not knowing what to do for the best, – how to respond, who to talk to, how to find answers to our dilemma, we must seek truth.
Truth as it stands alone. Truth that is not contaminated by our emotional state.
A tall order indeed.
Also in the mix is the diverse opinions of others. One advises this, and another – or others, come from a completely different angle than those we previously sought advice from.
We may read things – visit online testimonies of others in a similar situation, and how they came through.
It’s true there is ‘safety in many counsellors’, – but the counsellors must be of a sound character, having obtained wisdom by reliable means.
There is one thing that provides concrete and reliable wisdom. And those who visit this blog will know that I’m about to mention and highlight the desirability of The Word of God (the bible).
The thing about the word of God is – it becomes a starting point that is totally reliable.
Not everyone will believe this of course. And that’s why their alternative conclusions regarding a course of action is often faulty, not being based on God’s infallibility. No one else is infallible except Christ.
But if we start with what cannot be broken or changed (the word of God) – and start to subject all our thoughts, experiences, words and deeds, hurts, emotional traumas to the scrutiny of this word. Then this word of God will provide a reliable rock in the storm. A safe haven in the midst of the earthquake. A place of quietness and confidence amidst the turmoil, and so on.
But for this word to be all that it can be – we must first be convinced that it is inerrant (incapable of being wrong) and that every other word of advice is potentially (at least) out-of-sync, except for this word.
Many are so tossed to and fro by every wind of opinion, that they continue in that state having nothing concrete and reliable to totally rely on.
If they do not believe that the word of God is inerrant how can it be inerrant to them? And how can it provide the refuge and direction that will lead them out of their confusion, if they don’t believe it?
In a confused situation. Part of the confusion is knowing what is right and what is wrong. What’s the right thing to do and what isn’t. Where do we begin to find a solution?
Well, look at this truth for instance:-
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Now God can do anything and of course He can cause His enemies to be driven back which may result in them being confused.
Psalm 70:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
70 Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.
2 Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.
3 Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.
In situations that seem impossible, God can send deliverance supernaturally, influencing circumstances, often with the sending of angels, so that those opposed to Him and His children are left confused as the small triumph over the big, the few triumph over the many.
There are many examples of this in scripture. So though God isn’t confusing them, His help for others – leaves them confused.
David against Goliath, Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego, escape of children of Israel from Egyptians at the red sea, feeding of the five thousand, Elijah with the prophets of Baal and so on. All examples of God’s deliverance through His word to the hearts of men. Causing His enemies to be defeated and left – well – confused?
But evil in varying degrees, is present in violent conflicts, and God can favour whom he sees fit to favour according to the divine dictates of His own wisdom.
In my view divinely intervening at times and at times not.
But in the church (which is the context of the above verse) when confusion creeps in – it is man-made and demonic. And man-made in most other situations and scenarios, in life.
And God rather than causing it – provides stability and a way out of the confusion.
That’s why when His truth ‘goes marching on’ into our hearts – it produces freedom. Freedom in this context from confusion. John 8/32
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Often ‘where to start’ is lost in the milieu of adversity. A big part of the problem is who or what do I rely on, when all around seems like sinking sand?
There’s a story/illustration given by The Lord Jesus, in the scriptures, of a man building his house.
4 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, (God’s word) and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
26 “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
One person (let’s say confused person) built on the ‘rock-sayings’.
Whilst another took no heed to the certainty of Christ’s Words and he continued in confusion, taking on board the ‘sand-sayings’, from wherever and whoever – instead.
With the ‘sand sayings’ a sinking will take place, because there is no absolute certainty about these man-made philosophies.
Whereas the ‘rock sayings’ can be trusted completely. Often the lack of instant answers as we act on the rock sayings, causes many to doubt and to turn to the sand again.
There are often complex situations full of grey areas that people find themselves embroiled in. And to find a way out or through these, is challenging or disconcerting or even devastating mentally and emotionally.
In the midst of these complex scenarios, what can be trusted, when everything is in array and confusion rules the day?
I offer you The Word of God.
You/I must find the right word for the right situation.
Starting with it – we move out into answers through prayer and perseverance of faith.
Knowing we love God – there is light at the end of the tunnel. But it takes time to get through the tunnel. Dark and ominous though the tunnel may be – God’s Word – Psalm 119/105 –
… is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
If we love God – here is one of those words –
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
All things working together for good – doesn’t exactly seem like a solution to a given, specific problem situation you may find yourself in. And it calls for a lot within – to cling to such words.
But it is a promise.
First condition – love and trust God, whilst second – persevering with the ‘rock saying’ til the light dawns.
What else or who else can be trusted implicitly? The only thing on earth that doesn’t lie is God’s word.
But it isn’t a press button solution. Instead of going through options about what to do. Let the option of God’s Word go through you.
Even if the circumstance doesn’t change – you will, by clinging to this word of God, have a rock to stand on, keeping you from slipping further into despondency.
This word of God provides truth, strength, purity, single-mindedness, and is life-giving. But it must be clung to tenaciously.
Prayer – Lord thank you for this wonderful Word of God. Write it indelibly on my heart and mind.