When we feel confused–or worse yet–confounded, it’s hard to make decisions. It’s difficult to see straight. We don’t know if we should keep pushing forward through a challenge or if that challenge is serving as a warning for us to change direction.
When we choose to go by faith and live a life filled with God’s spirit, we become messengers for good. Our mission to overcome evil and help others overcome it through spiritual guidance becomes clear, but it also directly conflicts with all the opposing forces trying to keep us from that path. This could result in an attempt to confuse, mislead and create chaos in our lives.
When we start thinking to ourselves: I feel confused. I don’t know which message is the right message, that’s when we get stuck. But that’s also where the beauty lives. When we feel the most lost, that’s often the place we most need to be found. When we no longer know which decision to make or which direction to turn, that’s when the journey of our life begins.
Why Confusion Could Be Good
1. We discover true strength in true weakness.
When we don’t know where to turn, we feel weak. We feel broken. But in our weakness, that’s where God meets us and strenghtens us. That’s where we finally open our hands and surrender. In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Pauls writes:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” … That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2. We learn to trust in spiritual intervention.
Confusion and distortion is often used by evil to throw us off balance… to make us second guess our faith and feel insecure. But let’s remember where confusion originates. It works through humans, but it was not not created by humans. In fact, this struggle is not at all on a human level, though the distortion makes it look that way.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
When confusion comes on us from an evil force, it’s out of our hands. We pray to God for spiritual intervention, for protection against the attack. We learn more and more to trust that God overcomes evil with good.
3. We can be changed from the inside out.
God loves us enough to know when course correction–even when it feels devastating–is in our best interest. We can attempt to force and control situations in our lives, but eventually we are faced with a question we can’t answer… and emotion we can’t handle… a dead end we can’t escape.
Sometimes God uses periods of confusion for our own good. In these times when we go blind, we must feel around in the dark and let Him work his miracle in our lives. Some verses that reflect this:
“Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city” (Psalm 55:9).
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).
Blessings! God has your best intentions in His heart always.