For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace… (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Confusion is a part of life, and all of us will face times where there simply are no answers – grief, tragedy, loss, disappointment… these are all moments where we encounter the unanswerable ‘why?’ If we could only understand, it would be easier to deal with, easier to accept, easier to forgive and let go and move on.
The problem with faith is that it precludes understanding. We’re to come as little children, and God says He uses the foolish things to confound the wise. The Kingdom of Heaven is founded not on understanding but on peace – the peace which passes all understanding.
How difficult it often is, in a world structured on reason and logic and rationale, to accept that some things will never be understood. There simply are no answers outside of God. Peace is what comes in that place of letting go and letting God, of casting ourselves on His love, His Word and His promises, of trusting Him to work all things to the good of those who love Him, irrespective of the confusion and other emotions.
We should ask for peace rather than understanding. Understanding relies on self – logic, reason and rational justification. It’s all about me. Peace relies on God – it defies logic, reason and rational justification. It’s all about Him, about the grace that brings us to that place of joyful surrender.
Thank you, Lord, for making a way to lift us above the confusion in life. Help me to trust in Your peace and Your unfailing love, no matter what life throws at me.