From: David Kabanje
Date: October 21, 2021
Subject: GMU from Andrew Smeal

God is Not A God of Confusion

If you have experienced circumstances and situations recently that have left you questioning why things turned out the way they did, you are not alone. It is difficult not to ask God why He let things happen a certain way, especially when things seemed like they were going so well. Whatever you are going through, I don’t want to downplay the pain of disappointments and expectations unmet. Our unique situations are real and affect us in deep ways. 1 Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion, but peace” (KJV). God is not a God of confusion. How amazing is this statement? We can take comfort in knowing that God’s plan was not to bring us heartache and confusion; neither does He desire it for our future. God does allow certain things to happen, but He does not take pleasure in the anguish that our various struggles bring. Instead, God desires good for our future and to keep us from harm (Jeremiah 29:11).

God tells us in His word, “Everything I prophesied has come true, and now I will prophesy again. I will tell you the future before it happens” (Isaiah 42:9, NLT). God wants to avoid confusion so much that He has promised complete transparency with us. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances have taken place. Yet, God still raised figures such as Joseph, Daniel, Cyrus the Great, and Jesus the Savior of the world! In all of these individuals, God’s will was able to be carried out, it seems, without a hiccup. The presence of adversity holds no power over God’s ultimate plan being able to come to fruition. Let our prayer be when our struggles are so dark they seem to drown out all glimpses of light, “What was meant for evil against us, God, use it for good.” This very sentiment was experienced and echoed by one of the noblest figures in the Bible, Joseph. You can find his statement in Genesis 50:20.

In even the minimal verses shared in this brief devotional, we can see that God is not against us and that He is not the enemy. Sometimes events take place, decisions are made without consulting God first, and this can cause pain. Let’s not be our worst enemies. Other times, things happen to us and those around us because of the overarching power of free choice. Let’s not claim the title of victim but victor. God has written us a letter of hope and peace, in His word, in the Bible we so often neglect to read. We should take all consolation, encouragement, and joy in hearing Jesus say, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matthew 28:18, NIV). Claim God’s promises and His victory over your life, over your confusion, over your disappointments and unmet expectations. Share these with God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Walk in Faith. “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly, we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, NIV). Walk in peace and hope. Remember, God is a God of peace and not confusion.