Tag Archive | spiritual confusion

Job 19:8 ” He has blocked my way so I cannot pass; He has shrouded my paths in darkness.”

It’s part of life here on earth…trials, illness, and loss are inevitable.  Jeremiah 8:15 sums it up very well how  we can feel at these times, ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”  In these fearful, confusing times we long for the light at the end of the tunnel…but all we see is darkness.  “He has blocked my way so I cannot pass…”  In this verse, the Hebrew word for blocked is gadar – which means to build or heap up stones to make a wall.  We sometimes do feel walled in or blocked off… but know God may be also protecting you from unseen evil you know nothing about.  In those dark times, we need to put all our trust in the Lord and wait for the storm to pass.

II Corinthians 10:5 ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

When we’re going through a time of spiritual confusion…there are only two ways we can go.  We can argue or chose to obey.  We can spend our time trying to reason and debate our way out of the disconcertment in our life…or we can yield and submit  ourselves to the authority and supremacy of God.  You can’t think your way out of spiritual confusion…the only thing you can do is to obey what God places in front of you…step by step, day by day.  For Christ demands unquestioning obedience from us, even when the way is shadowed.

Luke 11:5-8 ” Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ “

A man goes to his friend’s house at midnight looking for bread…but is told to “Go away!”  In this story, his friend appears not to care about the man’s dilemma.  Likewise for us, there are times when it appears to be a shrouding of God’s friendship for us…or at least times when we go through seasons of spiritual confusion.  The Lord will seem like a  distant, unkind and uncaring friend that won’t answer our calls.  It’s during those times of spiritual confusion that we need to hold steadfast to what we already know…that God is faithful, trustworthy, and true.  And we need to keep doing the right things…reading our Bible, praying, and maintaining our walk…all with tenacity.  For later on in the story, because of the man’s stubborn persistence…his friend did get up and give him bread.