Confusion is the lack of understanding or uncertainty. Chaos is a state of confusion. God is not a God of confusion but of peace and truth. As a Christian, we recognize this for what it is – the work of the enemy. We seek God for guidance, turn to His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to witness to us. Do we sometimes “miss it”? Absolutely. Is God still there trying to help us? Absolutely. That is another way we recognize His faithfulness and patience with us. When we do “miss it”, He is not condemning but ready to get up and go again until we finally understand; until we are no longer confused. The key is going back to the Lord for guidance when we do “miss it” and not allow the enemy to condemn us of missing it.
What about the unbeliever who is confused? Who do they turn to? Do they turn to their own understanding? Usually. Discernment is the ability to distinguish between truth and error. Without the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, we are left to our own devices to distinguish. The Holy Spirit witnesses to the unbelievers spirit but until they accept Jesus as their Saviour, the Holy Spirit does not dwell in them to guide them to the real Truth.
This may sound complicated but it’s not. It is really quite simple. Accepting and believing The Gospel of Jesus and His finished work on the Cross is THE most powerful, yet the simplest step one can take to victory over evil. When we cast “..down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5, we are no longer confused.
The other day I was writing about all of the different “options”, if you will, for people today regarding religion. We have buddahism, islam, hindu and many others to choose from. What makes them different? How do we know they aren’t real? Is Christianity just another form of religion in the long list? Confusion among religions is a reality in this world. Satan’s goal is to keep us confused. He knows as long as we are confused we will never know The Truth of The Gospel of Jesus. Until we pray for God to unveil our eyes, we stay in a state of confusion; a state of chaos as our lives continue on a downward spiral.
This state of confusion, or chaos, is the reason for God’s patience with us. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9. You see, the Lord came to this earth and paid for our sins. We have been bought with a price because we would never be able to pay that debt on our own. The Lord did this out of His love for us. He did not want to see us perish. The Lord has plans for each of us to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11). Because He was willingly sacrificed to bear our burdens, He wants us to have victory. The Lord is on our side. However, until we willingly concede to God’s plan of salvation through believing Jesus is “…the way, the truth and the light…” John 14:6, we will remain confused. The Lord’s patience with our weakness is for our sake, not His.
Even as our once broad path of destruction which began at the threshold of confusion begins to restrict us into loneliness and darkness, every sin and evil deed that this confusion caused, every bad choice we have ever made has all been covered by the Blood of Jesus. We don’t have to “work” our way back to the light, we just have to accept the fact that we have been deceived all of these years and now we are humbled. Then humbly we go to the foot of The Cross of Jesus and ask for His forgiveness. When we accept His forgiveness we are then freely given the Spirt of Truth. We no longer have to hide under shame or guilt. We don’t have to work for this liberty, we just have to accept from where this liberty came – Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Jesus is not confusing. The Gospel of Jesus is life to the lost. We can’t dilute it to fit a certain lifestyle. We can’t sugar coat it to motivate others. The Gospel is not psycholigical but spiritual. When we feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit deep down in our soul, we know Jesus is calling us. We know He wants to use us, to prosper us, to give us strength and power over the enemy but it is up to us to respond. Do you hear Him? Do you hear that still small voice? He’s calling you. – Donna Warren