Posts Tagged ‘confusion’

I remember being in a car traveling through one of Europe’s larger cities. It was confusing as we turned right here, left there, straight for two or three blocks and then made a u turn. I had no idea where we were at all. The narrow European streets added to my confusion. Then we were in the open and I saw our destination.

Sometimes God’s way of bringing us to a place of certainty seems confusing from our perspective. Take Job for example. You may know that he went through the most bizarre, scary and probably very confusing time during his life. He asked God for answers-see Job 42 as Job recounts his trip through confusion to certainty. There was no way he could figure God out. God was not confused at all but Job, well he didn’t have a clue. The result of going through this was certainty. Job plainly now says in 42:5 “I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand-from my own eyes and ears!” The Message

Psalm 23 is known by many but understood by a few.Confusion can seem like the valley of the shadow of death at times but this Psalm is one of certainty. We often want the outcome without the process.

Don’t doubt during confusing times. Put anger in the closet and lock the door. Make sure fear knows where the exit is. We can ruthlessly abandon these tendencies and remember that God knows what he is doing and never makes mistakes.

A couple has been told they will have a new baby boy but everything changes when they have identical twins. Life just got complicated as they try to understand how they are going to know who’s who as the boys grow up.

No one likes to be confused about anything, especially when it comes to knowing God better. Once again however, God knows the teachers that open our hearts more completely to knowing him. Sometimes in life it seems God is changing the rules when in reality he is helping us understand events or situations that don’t make sense to us. We easily become confused.

It is easy during these times to want to run, hide or not deal with developing a more meaningful relationship with God. We played our best cards but the numbers on them seem to have changed and we’re totally confused. It’s hard enough getting to know God when life seems to cooperate.

Consider Job and his situation. Doing everything right, you would think it would be rewarded appropriately by God. But that’s not exactly the script God used in teaching something valuable to Job. And, that didn’t make sense to Job. Job 37:4 and 5 shows how God at times does things that “stagger our understanding” and can easily become confusing.

As confused as Job might have been, he comes to a completely different conclusion in Job 42:5. Consider The Word on the Street  “I’d heard rumors of your reputation. Now I have seen you with my own eyes, and I’m dying of embarrassment at my attitude. I take it all back, every question, every accusation. Sorry, it won’t happen again.”

The next time you have identical twins or just get confused by what is or is not happening in your life, remember “God’s methods are not in any of our manuals.”

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We all know that a good coach who cares about their players will always be committed to helping a young man or woman learn a better way of playing the game. It might  be correcting a batting stance, or how to hold the football when running or how to grip the tennis racket. However, to improve you must cooperate with the coach’s instructions.

God started the whole process of life on the planet and created us to live in a way that would not only bring glory to himself but would also enable us to enjoy life as he intended it to be lived. The enemy got wind of this and ruined the whole deal. Every since, Jesus has been working to restore us to that original plan.

However, for us to see change in our life whether it is in relating to people, knowing the right direction to take, having the right perspective of who God is, or whatever needs to change in us, we must cooperate with God. This means among other things we must take the classes he tells us to enroll in. We would rather these classes be electives but they are part of the curriculum. Some of these classes are Pain, Darkness, Confusion, Frustration and Anger, and the Unexpected. If we seek to learn as we take these classes, we will begin to see change in our life. If we don’t cooperate with God, we probably will have to take the class over.

Colossians 2:6 and 3:1-10 show that we must focus on what is worthwhile and make the decision to get rid of the dark secrets and habits that have gotten us nowhere. Jesus is offering us freedom from the jails we have been locked in but we must cooperate with him.

Do you want to change?