Monday, April 6, 2020
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE CONFUSED!
1 Cor 14:33
33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.
Two words beg for deeper exploration this morning. The first is the word confusion which we find in our first verse. It is the Greek word akatastasia and is pronounced (ak-at-as-tah-see'-ah). When pronounced it sounds like the noise of a machine gun and it means instability or disorder. The verse goes on to say that God does not “author” instability and disorder.
The other word is confounded in the book of Acts which means “to throw into disorder or to perplex the mind.” Paul, in preaching that Jesus was indeed the Christ, threw the Jewish system into disorder. He challenged long held prejudices and perplexed their mind. They sought to kill him.
What do we, as believers, do when we are thrown into disorder and perplexed? If confusion is a state of disorder and if we want “peace” instead, what should we do?
STOP! Back away for a moment. If what you are doing is confusing and confounding you perhaps it shouldn’t be done. Maybe there is a better way.
ASSESS! Evaluate and analyze the situation. Is there something you are overlooking? Have you tried everything?
REST! I know this can be a frustrating suggestion when there is so much confusion and so much to do but it was the suggestion of Jesus to His disciples when things became chaotic.
31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.
PRAY! Hey now, there is an idea! Why not ask God what to do?
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
Dear Lord, in the confusion of this day help me to trust in Thee. AMEN