Brandi soaked in the message signed by her closest friend. The mystery shrouding her future was overwhelming, and she welcomed honest words of encouragement.
“For God is not the author of confusion,” read the message, “but of peace.” And it was signed “1 Corinthians 14:33”.
In context, this Bible passage spoke about this aspect of God’s character and how it should be reflected by His people; the Church.
Brandi stopped reading.
She was trying to listen to God and she wanted to reflect His peace, but she couldn’t see it. There sure seemed to be a lot of confusion coming between her and Him.
Where was all the uncertainty coming from, if not God?
It was coming from Satan. Right from the beginning, he’s been out to steal the order and peace in our lives. He wants to confuse us in any way he can. He did it to Eve when he approached her as “the serpent”:
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woma [Eve], “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
– Genesis 3:1
He took God’s command and twisted it into a question designed to cause Eve to wonder about what God had said. Satan already knew the answer, but he wanted to make sure that Eve didn’t, or that she was weak in her stance. He confused her.
One day, Jesus was speaking to a group of people who didn’t follow him. He said:
You belong to your father, the Devil, and you want to carry out your fathers desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
– John 8:44
From the beginning, Satan has been lying so fluently that it’s his native language. His mission is to trick us, to deceive us and to bury us deep in confusion.
Our confusion is one of the devil’s methods
To get us confused isn’t Satan’s ultimate goal. He wants us to sin. Confusion is one of the ways he gets us there.
Just imagine how happy he must have been the moment that Adam and Eve’s confusion lead them to sin. (Sidenote: They were still responsible for their actions and received consequences. But at the same time, Satan had a hand in it and he suffers consequences of his own.)
And just imagine how happy he is today every time a person sins because confusion marred their good judgement.
We’re also responsible for our own sins, but Satan likes to help us. He wants to make it as easy as he can for us to get our hands dirty in sin and to stay there.
Okay, your turn now
- Have you ever been stuck in a seemingly endless, hopeless confusion? Or have you walk beside someone else going through it?
- How did you get out of that place (or how would you)?
- Have you ever thought the confusion was coming from God? Does that affect how easy or hard it is to overcome it?