1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV) 33 For God is not
a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the
I think I like the KJV a
little better here.
1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV) 33 For God is not
the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Some thoughts today. As
Led Zeppelin said, Dazed and Confused.
My friend,Charles Saia had another less
affectionate name for it,Psycho babble.What? Huh?What's that your friend said
Ronnie? Psycho babble.lol Another word for confusion.
Confusion. To make unclear in mind or
purpose.A condition in which things are not in their normal or proper places or
I was listening to two men at work this
week past discussing their views on religion.The discussion ended very amiably
with an agreement to disagree.During the discussion,although I was not
involved, I asked a question that I wanted and needed an answer to. Huh?
Glad you asked. "Why"I asked, "If God is not the author of confusion,then why is
there so much confusion?" Unbeknownst to them,the question was directed more at
me and my confusion than to them.(smile)
Let me see if I can explain. Have you
ever been unclear in mind about what a preacher,teacher,commentator,or blog
writer has written or said? Have you ever been unclear in purpose as to what God
was supposedly saying to you through someone else? Oh yeah I feel ya. Me
As I listened this week, I could see
myself making those same arguments that I was hearing.As a matter of fact I have
done that very thing recently. I listened intently as each one quoted a
Scripture to support his position. As my friend Pastor Doug says, "Been
there,done that,got the t-shirt,and bought the video!
Do I believe in having a CONSISTENT
Scriptural foundation for what I believe? You better believe it!I went for far
too long in my Christian walk without that firm foundation.Do I believe that my
way is the right way? ABSOLUTELY. Do I believe that you may have a different
perspective and that your way is the right way?ABSOLUTELY. Hear me out on
For every Scripture someone gives me
about conditional salvation, I can give them two about eternal security. The
same goes for tithing. The same goes for the role of the New Testament church.On
and on and on. Isn't it odd that The Apostle Paul wrote that verse on confusion
after explaining what is probably the most argumentative and confusing issue in
Christian circles today.The role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the
individual believer and the local church. An interesting insertion
I mentioned that I have been studying the
Book of Job recently.Fascinating and profound book.As far as I have
gotten,(first round of speeches) there is one recurring theme(among others) that
has captured my attention.
Job's friends,his "comforters" are all
theologically correct in what they say.Their positions about the demise of Job
all sound good.Based on correct theology.
Why then does Job refuse and even spurn
their advice? If you read it,you will find out that not only does Job
disagree,he disagrees violently with them,for reasons too numerous for this
blog.Jobs turmoil, his absolute agony does not lie in his physical loss or
suffering. He,so far has never once asked to be healed or restored. I don't
think that he ever does. I will find out.Job's agony is in his confusion of why
God has done this. And herein lieth the lesson.
Job's confusion and agony is rooted in
the fact that all he is hearing is what his friends say ABOUT GOD. They
talk ABOUT God. They tell him what they THINK is wrong.They tell him what they
THINK is Job's solution.They tell him what they THINK God is saying. It sounds
good. It is theologically correct. But,it is WRONG in Job's particular
circumstances. Their religious reasoning,based on sound theology does not fit
Job's case.Their counsel and application is wrong,their theology is right.They
don't have all the facts of Job's demise.They talk ABOUT God,but they have not
talked TO God;and apparently have not allowed God to talk to them.
Job,all the while is over
here contemplating and voicing this one complaint,this one TRUTH over and
over.ONLY GOD HAS HIS ANSWER. God is the ONLY one that can give counsel and
comfort to Job's confusion.And that brothers and sisters,is our ONLY answer when
we are confused and dismayed. Whether it be a Bible doctrine,personal loss and
suffering,or any other circumstance that causes doubt and confusion,our first
source of refuge is in God and God alone.
Confused? Doubtful? Hurting?Get a
Bible. Go find your alone place with God.Talk to Him.Let Him speak to your
heart.Let Him give you the counsel about your PERSONAL circumstances.
Don't worry. If our heart is in the right
place.If our desire is to sincerely hear His voice.He will guide us into all
truth. He will direct us to that person,church,book or WHATEVER that can
minister to our pain and confusion.
God is never going to lead us astray.His
counsel will always,on every occasion line up and concur with His word. There
will never be conflict there.But, BUT, His ways are not our ways.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV) 8 For my thoughts
are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,
declares the LORD.
9 For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher
than your ways and my thoughts than your
God's ways at first glance may not fit the traditional mode. They may, at
first glance,conflict with man's theology and even man's sense of justice and
fairness. If we get out in left field trying to follow Him(I have), if we
misinterpret His voice(I have) don't worry.... He is strong enough and more than
capable of righting our ship. Our responsibility is to have a heart that is
perfect and sincere towards Him. Amen?
Psalm 81:13-14 (ESV) 13 Oh, that my
people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my
14 I would soon
subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their