Confusion

I’m a problem-solver.

Puzzles, miscommunications, equations. I like to sit-down and work through the process as an active participant. I’m not one who thrives in idleness or enjoys watching from a distance. No, I need to be in the middle with my hands-on experience.

That’s why the waiting and the seasons of silence are some of the most difficult times for me in my faith walk.

When things aren’t as crystal clear as I would’ve hoped and when I don’t know what steps to take, I have the tendency to shutdown. Confusion is not my greatest ally. In fact, I’d go so far to say as it’s one of biggest enemies. It crushes my spirit and causes me to question God’s heart and plan for my life.

Psalm 32:8 is a promise from the Lord. It reads, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”

In this verse, the Lord reminds us to bring our confusion to Him. God hasn’t asked us to figure everything out on our own. And He certainly hasn’t asked us to do that absent from His counsel. I know His heart toward us is compassionate and kind. The Lord doesn’t want to hide things from us, and His goal isn’t to make us crazy from wondering.

When we come to a crossroad of decision making, let us remember His promise to instruct and teach us which way to go. The following verse (9) in Psalm 32 warns us, “Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check.”

When we ask the Lord what He wants us to do, we need to ask with listening ears and a willing heart. If we come to His throne with our preconceived notions and ideas, we are too filled to be poured into. We need to empty ourselves out before Him, bring all our ideas and understandings to the foot of the cross. The longer we carry the burden, the longer we walk in confusion instead of clarity. We cannot be filled with His Spirit if we are filled in and of ourselves.

I don’t want to come before the Lord, ask Him what step I should take, and then be rebellious in my spirit. I’ve learned that more often than not, our lives are not going to look the way we thought they would. Ultimately, God”s purpose will prevail, but the part we play in the larger scheme may not mirror what we had been expecting. It will be far greater.

So, brothers and sisters, bring it all to God. Leave your confusion with Him and take on His peace and assurance. We don’t have to stumble around. He has given us direct access to His joy through the Holy Spirit inside of us. Stop striving and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10)

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