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Spiritual Confusion

 

5And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
—Luke 11:5-13

There are times in your spiritual life when there is confusion, and the way out of it is not simply to say that you should not be confused. It’s not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of God taking you through a way that you temporarily do not understand. And it’s only by going through the spiritual confusion that you will come to the understanding of what God wants for you.

The Shrouding of His Friendship (see Luke 11:5-8).  Jesus gave the illustration here of a man who appears not to care for his friend. He was saying, in effect, that is how the heavenly Father will appear to you at times. You will think that He is an unkind friend, but remember—He is not. The time will come when everything will be explained. There seems to be a cloud on the friendship of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the blessing of fuller fellowship and oneness. When God appears to be completely shrouded, will you hang on with confidence in Him?

The Shadow on His Fatherhood (see Luke 11:11-13). Jesus said that there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural father—as if He were callous and indifferent—but remember, He is not. “Everyone who asks receives” (Luke 11:10). If all you see is a shadow on the face of the Father right now, hang on to the fact that He will ultimately give you clear understanding and will fully justify Himself in everything that He has allowed into your life.

The Strangeness of His Faithfulness (see Luke 18:1-8). “When the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). Will He find the kind of faith that counts Him in spite of the confusion? Stand firm in faith, believing that what Jesus said is true, although in the meantime you do not understand what god is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular things you are asking of Him right now.

Journal:

  • What situations in my life are causing spiritual confusion?
  • What transformation is happening within me as a result of this confusion?

Prayer – Heavenly Father, sometimes my life is in a state of chaos and I don’t understand what You are doing. I would be completely in despair if I did not know how faithful You are. Please continue to deepen my faith and trust in You as I walk through these difficult circumstances. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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