August 29th, 2016

Look around you – are you not surrounded by the beauty and the wonder of creation? How did this all happen?  Everything you see had to come from somewhere, right?  It was all formed from something, somehow; it didn’t just pop out of nowhere.  And look at the wonder of you:  who you are, how you operate, and how you are put together.  Do those mad scientists really believe an explosion just happened out of nowhere from no apparent cause, creating and spreading matter that somehow formed into a universe full of fiery objects that turned into living things?  Hardly.  So, there had to be something, or rather Someone, who started all of this.  Everything has a beginning.  At some point in time, each of us must come to the realization that we certainly did not create ourselves, and therefore, we can hardly take credit for our being what we are.  I believe the evidence proves we indeed belong to this Someone who created us, which means we owe our lives to Him.  If we belong to Him, then He is the boss.  No confusion here.

My Bible says that God Almighty is the Creator of the universe; He made everything. He commanded it to happen and the universe came into being.  He formed me out of the dust from the earth He created, He breathed life into my body, and He laid out a plan for my life.  Had He not had a specific plan for my life, He would not have bothered to create me.  God has a plan for His universe – He has an orderly plan for all that He created – otherwise He would not have needed to create it.  There is certainly no confusion here.

If I believe Scripture is true and God is real, then I must acknowledge that God is good, all the time, and that His plan for my life is perfect. Why?  Because He is either who He says He is, or He is a fraud.  Yup, He is either everything or He is nothing.  So I am left with holding onto the Lord with all that I have, or I must completely cast Him out of my life forever.  I am a child of the Most High God, like He says I am, or else I am nothing more than a freak accident.  No gray here, no confusion either.

When I lack understanding about a particular issue, and no matter how hard I try to figure it out, nothing is clear until I pray about it. Then the fog lifts and the answer is right there in my brain, and I recognize that God is listening to me and He really wants me to know what He thinks about the matter.  I am continuously in need of His input into my small mind, and He never fails me, so long as I remember to ask.  There is no confusion here.

When I run into an impossible situation and there is no earthly solution to my problem, and when I look to the Lord for help, and soon thereafter something possible happens that makes a way for a workable solution, I must acknowledge that Someone greater than I has moved mountains on my behalf. Over and over He tells me, and then He shows me, just how much He loves me and how valuable I am to Him.  His Word tells me there is no problem too great, or too small, for Him.  Where there is provable evidence, there is no confusion about His personal involvement in my life.

So, how does confusion sometimes manage to get a foothold in my soul? And how do I go about keeping that from happening?  I believe the answers are simple, but not always easy.  Too often I let the cares of the world fill my head the minute I open my eyes in the morning.  Then I am prone to jump out of bed and deal with the little things that have grabbed my attention.  Later in the day I find myself wondering:  Where did I lose my peace?  Why does everything seem so difficult?  Why am I so confused and disoriented?  What went wrong today?  Well, maybe I forgot to activate the formula that always works for me if I follow it.  When I set my mind on the things of God, first thing in the morning, everything seems to fall into place.  I begin my day in my prayer room with my nose in the Word.  I read in Matthew where it tells me to seek first the Kingdom of God and everything else I need will be there for me.  I meditate on the promises contained in Scripture and I spend time praying and worshipping.  My day begins with peace and clarity, and I am more than able to handle whatever the day brings.  Confusion has no foothold here.

I know for certain that God’s love for me goes deeper than I can comprehend. He does not love me more when I am ‘good’ and He does not love me less when I am ‘bad.’ He simply loves me to the fullest, regardless of my actions, or my lack of actions.  The issue turns on how I feel about myself.  When I kick myself for not doing the things that I know are for my benefit, then I open the door in my soul for guilt, shame, and condemnation to torment me.  And when I am doing the things that I know are beneficial to my well-being, my soul is filled with joy and peace.  God has laid out a plan for me, a plan whereby I can be prosperous and in good health, a plan that allows me to be continually in His presence, thriving in His Kingdom.  All I have to do is choose to follow His plan and make Him the Lord of my life.  All He wants is all of me.  Indeed, there is really no confusion here.