2/12/18 – Don’t Be Confused – Pr. Jerri Dizol
At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “great is Artemis of Ephesians”! Soon the whole city was filled with confusion. Everyone rushed to the amphitheater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, who were Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. Paul wanted to go in, too, but the believers wouldn’t let him. Some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, also sent a message to him, begging him not to risk his life by entering the amphitheater. Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there. – Acts 19:28-32
This state of confusion happened because people weren’t ready to give up on what they honestly thought was real. And when the Word of God was being preached, and the very people who believed and were performing witchcraft were being transformed, the others did not like that at all. They felt like they were betraying the idol that they worshiped as god, and this did not sit well with them.
When we don’t know the Word of God, and the power behind it, it can cause great confusion when we hear it. We don’t understand it, it contradicts our view of things, it convicts us, and we don’t like it when that happens. And like the people of Ephesus, we get angry, and we try to justify our behavior. However, when we cannot turn away anymore from the truth, we have nothing else but to relinquish ourselves and turn to one who can save us and give us true freedom.
In my early days of my walk with the Lord, I never understood a lot of God’s Word, and it would bother me. My understanding of God was that He was a loving God and would never cause anyone to feel ashamed or unworthy. I knew Him as someone who was good. As I read the Word more and more, I began to realize that although it was truth, it was hard to accept it. There were changes that needed to be made on my part if I wanted to be a follower of Christ. The questions that I needed to ask myself were:
Am I ready to make this change in my life?
Am I willing to give up the things I was so used to doing?
I remember being confused because I was struggling with my flesh, which I didn’t really know then. Without realizing it, the Word was convicting me. Quite different from feeling ashamed. Deep inside I already knew that changes needed to happen in my life and I just didn’t want to deal with it.
God’s word is truth and it could never steer myself or anyone wrong. We must make that decision for ourselves, and trust that having a true relationship with God can be beneficial is so many ways. The reality is that without Christ, we live in confusion because the world contradicts what His Word says.
Father, thank you for saving me all those years ago. Your word spoke truth to my life, and I am so thankful for it. The more I grow in you, the more I understand your truth. Help me Father, to help others come to know and want you. I pray that there would be no confusion among your children, but clarity as to who you are. Thank you for loving me each step of my journey with you.
In Jesus Name, Amen!