I’m not even going to ask because I am more than sure you have been confused before. Am I right? Some of us are confused every day about the simplest things like what to wear or eat for lunch. But other times we are confused about more serious matters like life, people, beliefs, etc. You name it!
Being confused is not easy to navigate through. There are lots of questions left unanswered that we, as humans want to desperately find answers to. What’s worse is that confusion births side effects such as fear, anger, and uncertainty. It manifests itself through these negative emotions. Bottom line, confusion is the root of this chaos.
Confusion is a roadblock to peace, joy, and confidence. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to live the rest of my life confused. I don’t want my life to be a mosaic of fear, worry, anger, and uncertainty. I want my life to overflow with peace, joy, and confidence to the point where others are filled by it. And the only way that will happen is if our faith is rooted in what God says.
Have you ever witnessed or gone through something in your life that left you confused? Perhaps an experience or encounter with something or someone? I have.
I remember fasting coffee and social media for a week and praying for specific areas in my life that I wanted to see breakthrough in. My prayer focus was on Matthew 7:7-8,
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, everyone who seeks, finds. And everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
That particular week I was asking God to prompt the man He has set apart for me to pursue me. I told God I would seek His will no matter what presents itself, and that I would also seek His wisdom, clarity, and direction for my life. Lastly, I told God I would knock on the doors of prosperity, opportunity, and favor.
Fast forward almost a month later, an unexpected person made his way into my life. Yes, a guy started to pursue me! Of course I had completely forgotten about the prayer I made almost a month ago. However, as I got to know this guy, I found myself attracted to his personality, values, goals and dreams for his life. There was just one thing I was not attracted to…
I started to feel so confused about whether I should give this guy a chance or not. It was in that moment where God reminded me of the prayer I made literally a month ago from that date I was feeling confused. Honestly, the only reason I continued to get to know this guy was because he could potentially be God’s answer to my prayer.
Long story short, what I thought could be the start of something beautiful and meaningful didn’t end up working out. Things didn’t unfold the way I expected or hoped for. I started to feel confused again. Why would God answer my prayer and then not allow things to work out between us? I couldn’t understand the why of this experience until much later.
The devil used my confusion and frustration to his advantage like he always does. But rather than allowing him to consume my mind with anger, fear, and uncertainty, I chose to rise above them and press through. To ask, seek, and knock for answers just like I did before. Surely God did not fail. He answered!
I was determined to get an answer from God regarding my situation. I sat there in my room quietly waiting and asking, Lord, is [name of person] the right man for me? I don’t want to feel like he’s the right man for me. I want to know he is. As I waited, God answered through a previous blog I had written: Are They Worth The Risk.
God reminded me of the free will he gives us. He desires for us to choose His will above ours. He won’t force us to do anything unwillingly. It was in that moment where God’s peace embraced my heart. He reminded me that love is a choice, not a feeling. There is no such thing as “The One.” There are only the “Right Ones.”
God gives us the wisdom to choose who we want to choose every day for the rest of our lives despite what the world or life throws at us. So even though I was willing to move forward with the relationship, he chose not to and I respected that.
With every experience we go through, God uses it to expose our heart and test our faith. Even though I prayed Matthew 7:7-8 and God indeed answered, the confusion crippled in from the expectation I had that did not come to pass. I truly believe God used this experience to test my faith.
Was I still going to pray Matthew 7:7-8 and believe God answers even if the results of my prayer weren’t what I expected or hoped for? Or was I going to allow the confusion of the unexpected results consume me?
Friends, God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33).
The passion translation quotes, “For God is the God of harmony, not confusion.” I really like the message translation though, “When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; He brings us into harmony.”
My encouragement to you is this. If you currently find yourself confused about something or someone, don’t dwell in it. Ask, seek, and knock for answers. Ask, seek, and knock for clarity and most importantly, for peace. God will indeed answer because His Word promises that in Matthew 7:7-8.
Let’s get over the confusion together. Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead (Philippians 3:13). One last thing,
“All the disappointment in the world will never change the promises of God, the reality of Jesus, or His destiny for our lives. Everything we experience ultimately becomes a tool we can use to serve others. There are divine appointments beyond our disappointments if we’re willing to embrace the unexpected.”
– Christine Caine
P.s Make time to listen to PEACE by Amanda Cook. Be encouraged and pass it on by sharing this blog.
Encouraging you always,
2 thoughts on “Getting Over The Confusion”
Great blog story Crystal Castillo on Getting over the Confusion. The scriptures you shared “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives, everyone who seeks, finds. And everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Those were the very same scriptures I was meditating upon earlier today with my quiet time with the Lord. I desire for a supernatural paid house- where it is expeditiously paid in a fast way-off. With our Lord, this has happened by faith. Love the part of holding onto the promises of scripture when that guy chose not to go forward in the relationship. Crystal Castillo, you are royalty, beautiful, sweet and awesome before our Creator’s eyes. Make no mistake, God has the right man for you-he is making your paths and his paths coming together-just keep on standing on the promise, ” What God has joined together, let no man separate.” That man’s decision is someones elses window to make an entrance in your life. Just because your younger sisters are already happily married doesnt mean that you wont be eventually. It just means Crystal, that God , in his ways, is maturing your faith through the fire so that you will have a peace, a knowing ( not confusion) that when you meet your partner to be, there will not be a shadow of a doubt. Be encouraged my friend. I know what waiting on the Lord is like, the process is sweet, seeking out his Name through prayer, praise, fasting and devotion. Then, all of a sudden, the Lord brought me into a relationship with Rita Martinez and now I get the opportunity to show God’s love, kindness and Name to her and her kids; what a blessing. So, the Lord is truly the painter who creates everything together in due time. Keep on shining Crystal for his Name’s sake and you will have your heart’s desire; a godly partner, a relationship cause Jesus has already worked it out for you, yay….
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Adrian! Thank you so much for your encouragement! I stand in agreement with every word! I’m also very happy for you and Rita! Thanks for reading my blog and always encouraging me! Hope to meet Rita soon!