get rid of confusion
Life can be confusing sometimes, can’t it? I know in our household lately we have been looking at changes in the future, and because of the many areas affected, confusion invades my thoughts and emotions. I grow tired of the unresolved issues, because in my carnal nature’s quest for comfort, I want to arrive at a decision, become familiar with the new “known,” and move on. Yet, the Spirit is speaking to trust Him and take one day at a time. In the meantime, God’s Word is providing me with insight into my heart… things that are not pleasing in God’s sight… things that must be dealt with. Nothing confusing about that! Renee has imperfections, and God loves me too much to leave me without the opportunity for increased sanctification.
In the past year, I went through one of the most confusing seasons in my life. To fight hard for focus, I feasted on the Word of God, kept continual praise music going and entered into song and dance daily. I prayed like there was no tomorrow. I didn’t have to force myself to go this route, it was my lifeline. I was in a spiritual battle, and I knew it. The only battle strategy I had was to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. To deviate from that strategy was the invitation for mass confusion.
Whether the conflict is large and all-consuming or small and slightly a nuisance, we still need a strategy to get rid of confusion. To be free from that distraction is to be at our optimal effectiveness to impact the world for the kingdom of God. It’s pretty simple, really. The Word of God is truth, and when ingested, we find ourselves on a lit path. Maybe the desired answers to all of our questions of what the future may hold are not afforded us as we walk the path, but still there is peace in the place of confusion.
What constitutes your distractions today? Are you in an argument with someone you really care about? Are you confused about your job? Do you find yourself uncertain of how everything is going to work out financially if your income is not adjusted? Do you have options that you are weighing regarding school or where to live? Are your children not meeting your expectations of what you thought parenting would look like? Are your friends or your parents not living up to your ideals? All of these are legitimate concerns that we must navigate carefully to arrive faithfully to a God-honoring solution.
Seek the Lord’s direction. Stay in His Word and tell Him, “Father, I come to You to gain understanding. Speak directly to me through your Word and the Holy Spirit’s counsel regarding this matter.” Then, when the answer does come (and it will, because God is faithful), you need to be obedient to do what He says to do, even if it is hard. I can say this because I, too, have walked and desire to continue walking obediently before God. In one demanding trial that I endured, I coached myself for eight months saying, “Do the hard thing, Renee!” I’m serious! Obedience is critical. Let the words of Jesus seal it all up as truth. And, do not miss the treasure found here, because He promises something precious in exchange for confusion!
If you obey my commands, you will remain in My love, just as I have obeyed My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:10-11).