A Confused Mind???
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
After reading this chapter, I sat feeling very convicted.
I have lived many years of my life confused. Questioning “why” things have happened the way they have? “Why” my life has had so much sadness while so many other people’s lives seem to have had very little? “What if” I would have made this decision or that decision? Would things be different? better? easier?
On and on the questioning goes….
Until I am a total mess.
In the end, I always come back to the truths that are buried deep within my soul.
First, God is love.
Second, God cares about me.
Third, God sees every tear I cry.
Fourth, God’s ways are not my ways.
Fifth, being with God is going to be so much sweeter than being here, so I have to believe that Nick and Adrienne are WONDERFUL even as I am still so sad.
Sixth, God is always working-even in my pain.
I could go on and on and on about all the truths I believe so deeply.
When I stop trying to reason away all of the things in my life that don’t seem to make sense, I can allow God to step in and be my REASON….
Joyce says that having a confused mind is not from God.
I love this paragraph from her book,
“God gives us understanding on many issues, but we do not have to understand everything to walk with the Lord and in obedience to His will. There are times when God leaves huge question marks as tools in our lives to stretch our faith. Unanswered questions crucify the flesh life. It is difficult for human beings to give up reasoning and simply trust God, but once the process is accomplished, the mind enters into a place of rest.” (pg. 100, Battlefield of the Mind)
I want to enter that place of rest daily.
Every morning as I drive to work I give my day to God, asking Him to speak to me. But even more than that I ask Him to help me listen in the midst of students’ voices, emails from school administrators, phone calls from other teachers, and on and on and on…….
The devil tries to fill our lives and minds up with everything he can in order to keep us busy, stressed, confused, and distracted from the One who longs to speak to us often in only a whisper.
I want to rest in Him and, like Paul writes below in I Corinthians, I do not want to live life confused but rather RESOLVED to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
1 Corinthians 2:2
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
Praying you have a day filled with the peace that comes from being resolved to know Him intimately,