What Does The Bible Say About Confusion
Confusion is a scary thing. It can happen in your marriage, at work, in your friendships—even within the walls of your own home. When things get confusing, some people are tempted to flee from God and turn their backs on the church. But we have good news for those who are confused about what God has for them: The Bible is clear that confusion doesn’t mean God isn’t there! In fact, it’s often during times of confusion when God speaks most clearly through his Word. So let’s dig into the Bible together and see what it says about our times of confusion and how they can be used by God to help us grow closer to him!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
I don’t know about you, but my first reaction to confusion is to get angry. I want to scream and demand answers from the universe; then I want someone—anyone—to tell me what’s going on!
I can understand why this happens: it’s human nature to be frustrated when we don’t know what’s going on or how to fix something. But what happens when we start trusting God with our confusion? How does this affect us as individuals and as a church body?
We are called by God to lean on Him, not ourselves (see Proverbs 3:5-6). It may seem counterintuitive at first, but placing your faith in the Lord will lead you down a path much different than one of your own creation. It may not seem like it at first, but having faith means believing that there is a good plan for your life—and that good plan doesn’t always make sense immediately.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
The Bible says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). God is in control of your life and He has a plan for you. This can be a hard truth to accept when you’re confused and don’t know what’s going on with your family or business or marriage. But God’s plans are better than yours and they will ultimately lead to good things.
If you keep looking at what’s going on from your perspective instead of from God’s view, it won’t make sense that something good will come out of confusion because nothing looks good right now! But if you look at the bigger picture through His eyes—and trust Him completely—you’ll see how He is working all things together for good (Romans 8:28).
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints,
God’s peace is found in His Word, and it is this peace that He gives to those who trust in Him. It is also seen through His Son, Jesus Christ. God’s Word tells us that even when we feel confused and overwhelmed by life’s difficulties, we can find comfort and strength in the Lord because He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). And as Christians, we have an amazing gift from God—the church. The church gives us hope when our lives seem hopeless; a sense of belonging when we feel isolated; forgiveness when we are tempted to despair; love when there are no other options left to consider; encouragement during times of sorrow or indifference; grace during difficult trials; hope amidst suffering…and so much more!
He is the only one who can save us from our sins. We must believe in him to be saved.
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Jesus is the Christ. He was born in a manger and lived a life of humility, but he was also God. He suffered and died for us, but he rose from the dead, ascended to heaven and will return again in glory. Jesus is the ultimate example of God’s love for us.
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You can trust in God during confusing times
- Trust in God
- Lean not on your own understanding
- Submit to God, as He knows what is best for you
- God will make your paths straight, and you will be able to walk them with confidence knowing that He is with you every step of the way
- Remember that God is not a God of confusion but of peace
In conclusion, we have seen that the Bible teaches us to trust God through difficult times. If you are going through a confusing time right now, remember that God loves you and wants to help you. You can find hope in God’s word and His promises for those who seek Him with their whole hearts.