Confusion

Does it seem as if we hear the word “chaos” more now than ever when people talk about this world? There’s chaos in the streets, chaos in the government, and chaos in the news. When things are in chaos, they are in such disarray that we can become confused.

Confusion can be frightening when you don’t know where to go or whom to believe. Is it safe to travel, considering reports of riots, bombings, and even forced quarantine when we travel state to state? I’ve been wanting to visit my family in another state for quite some time, but because of the mandates that strongly suggest we don’t travel, and because of the fear some family members have about contracting the coronavirus from someone who has been exposed to other travelers, I stay home.

The usual bantering and disagreements among our leaders seems to have escalated to harsh verbal attacks. Whom do we trust? When we hear or read the news, we occasionally find one source telling a story, while another tells the same story with diametrically opposed “facts”. Whom do we believe?

Are you confused? Is it any wonder? What are we to do?

There’s a story of a leader in Judah many years ago, who became king when he was twenty-five. He started out well, and did all he could to follow God’s law, but later, when a prophet told him that God wanted the king to do something, and that action brought not only a much-desired victory in battle but also animosity from a neighboring nation, the king decided he had enough of God and started worshiping some idols he had confiscated from the defeated enemy. The prophet asked the king:

“Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?”[1]

Perhaps we’re doing the same. If we are looking for deliverance from our confusion from experts in the world system, they will fail us. In 1 Corinthians 14:33 KJV, we read: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace ….”

The answer to the chaos in this world and our own confusion is God. We may not be able to figure out what is really happening, or why our world seems to be racing out of control, but God does know, and He truly is in control. Trusting Him will bring us peace without any confusion.

So let’s be the signpost to show the way to the answer.  Since we are called to love God and to love others, let’s lead them to Him. Let’s throw aside all our worries about tomorrow, live each day in confidence and help others do the same. Let’s walk with them out of today’s confusion to the only answer that makes sense – Jesus.


[1] 2 Chronicles 25:15 KJV

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