The source of confusion

Have you ever been in the complete center of God’s will and you knew that you were right with Him- and nothing made sense? You were confused, you didn’t what was going on, you were unsure about many things? Well, you probably can’t relate to such a situation because confusion and God’s will don’t really go hand in hand.

1 Corinthians 14:33 spells it out very clearly for us when it says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” Confusion is not something we are given from God as a reward for faithful service. Confusion is usually a result of sin.

Proverbs 4:19 says, “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” This “confusion” is contrasted with: “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” The idea of “perfect” here means established. So the wicked stumble and fall at unknown things, but the righteous or just, continually become more and more established.

My question for you today is simple. Is there confusion in your life?

If you are finding yourself repeatedly confused about issues in your life, or you’ve been having problems and you’re not really sure why, you may have been inviting confusion into your life by unholy living. Life isn’t difficult to understand. Life is simple. Honor God and serve Him. Cast your cares upon Him. Trust Him to handle everything.

If you find yourself in a pattern of confusion, unsure feelings, and doubt you may have some unconfessed sin in your life. Ask God to reveal what you must turn from in order to walk in the light again. God knows just what you need and knows just how to help you. You never need to live in any manner of confusion or doubt.

God doesn’t want you to live in any form of confusion or darkness. Don’t ever settle with that sort of condition! Live in the light as God intended you to!

You don’t know what you don’t know

We are so limited and we don’t even know it. My mother always used to say, "You don’t know what you don’t know." I’m finding that to be profoundly true. This is the age of information. There are thousands of scientists that study our world every day and all we are finding is that there is more information that we don’t understand.

Let me explain. Can you imagine a color that you can’t see? Could you create a color without mixing colors you already know? I know I can’t. How would you explain scent to someone who can’t smell? Could you describe color to someone who can’t see? I don’ t think so. We base our lives on what we can detect, measure, categorize, and label. We don’t know what we don’t know. I mean, we as humans aren’t even aware of our real surroundings.

We can’t see gamma radiation, or Alpha radiation, or Beta radiation; but it’s there. Our world consists of more than what we realize. There are things around us that even the best scientists haven’t been able detect.

Let me show you. In 2 Kings 6, Elisha and his servant were in the city of Dothan. The city became surrounded with an enemy army. Elisha’s servant became afraid and was wondering how they would escape. Elisha, being all confident said something like, "We got more guys than they do." I’m not sure what your reaction would have been, but I would have thought that Elisha was crazy.

Verse 17 gives us serious insight into all of this. It says, "And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."

You might want to read that verse again. The mountain, the whole mountain, was filled with an army of fire. That’s pretty awesome. I would have been scared out of my wits, even though they were on my side.

But get this, that servant did not see the army until God supernaturally opened his eyes. The army was there all along. There is an entire supernatural realm that we cannot see. We worship a God that we have not seen. Wherever you are right now, I’m sure there are angels right there with you.

I’ve written all that to say this, "Trust God." Realize that you know nothing compared to Him. God sees the past, present, and future all at one time. He controls everything. He has armies of fire that you can’t even see.

Next time you find yourself questioning the promises of God, remember the story of Elisha and his servant. Remember how clueless that servant was. That’s you and me when we’re doubting God. Next time you doubt God, ask Him to help you. Don’t worry, he remembers that you’re dust. Ask Him to help you.

Who knows? He just might open your eyes.

Chariots or horses or . . .

It is natural for us to take comfort in the resources that we have available to us. For instance, if you were a multimillionaire and an economic recession were coming, you would be a lot less concerned than the average poor person. It’s just human nature. In fact, our visible form of resources shouldn’t give us comfort. We should take comfort in something else.

You see, if we find our security and trust in the things of this world, we will find ourselves to be subject to our circumstances. But if we put our trust in the Holiest of all, our focus becomes different and we can have perfect peace.

In Psalm 20:7 says, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." I would like to remind you, no matter how grave your situation may look, you have a God who is greater. Don’t allow the outward view to cloud your vision. Look beyond and see the God that empowers you every day. He can deliver you out of any situation.

"Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call." – Psalm 20:9

Where there is no vision

Where there is no vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

I don’t think I need to present you with the figures of pastoral dropout, or give the number of those who left the mission field, or give the percentage of youth leaving the church. It is obvious that the modern church needs a proper vision. As proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” It is interesting to note that many secular organizations recognize the importance of having a vision. Many business executives present the goals of a company at the beginning of a new fiscal year, and we are all familiar with the President’s state of the union address. These presentations may often seem like mindless talk, but they do serve a purpose. They unify the business or country and provide direction. 

The church in many ways, has lost it’s direction. Christ may be the focus of our Sunday morning service, but for most of us He is not the focus of our lives. We lack the devotion and dedication to Christ that His great sacrifice is worthy of. May I submit to you that we have failed to humble ourselves, because we have lost our vision of the awesomeness of God. We have failed to pray, because we have viewed ourselves as capable to act without his assistance. And we have failed to seek Him, because we have viewed the meaningless distractions of this world to be of more value than a relationship with our precious Savior. 

I’m far from perfect. And I am most definitely preaching to myself right now. But I would like to say that we need to reevaluate our lives. Let us call upon God to give us the direction He wants us to have, and the vision he wants us to see.