Bewildering.

August 6, 2008 at 10:53 pm 5 comments

Grapeview, Washington

Over the past 3 years or so, though not so much lately, I have been bewildered by the circumstances around my life and others close to me.  Bewildering is a word that fit well those days and a word that describes how others around me are feeling.  Bewildering means, to lead into perplexity or confusion, as for want of a plain path.  Things aren’t fitting as we think they should, things are confusing, the path is not plain.

The last few days I have spent some time with a good friend and others close to me who are bewildered by the events in their lives that just are not coming together in the way they thought they would.  One person has worked for nearly a decade to do what they believed God had clearly called them to, so clear was the call, they can tell you the exact place they were when they heard it, yet it just isn’t working.  Another believed they were called to do something, somewhat out of the ordinary, that just didn’t work at all, in fact the fall out from the decision has been devastating.  Both are bewildered, confused, perplexed and wanting desperately to find the “plain path”.

Before I go on, let me be clear.  There are natural consequences to all choices.  Bad choices always lead to bad consequences.  The law of sowing and reaping always works.  Sow poorly and you reap poorly.  I made some bad choices and I reaped the consequences of those choices.  Generally speaking, the Father seldom changes the natural order of sowing and reaping. The friends I mentioned understand they haven’t always made good decisions and they understand that some of the bewilderment they feel is flowing from those poor decisions.

But not all of it.  Why is it that the things we are sure we hear the Father say don’t always work out?  Why, when we make good choices, choices to help others, invest in something that we know will advance the Kingdom that it often doesn’t work out and we are left bewildered and frustrated?

This morning I read a devotional from Oswald Chambers and found it to be a satisfactory answer to the question of why we are often bewildered.

Here is what he writes:God called Jesus Christ to what seemed unmitigated disaster. Jesus Christ called His disciples to see Him put to death; He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. Jesus Christ’s life was an absolute failure from every standpoint but God’s. But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose.

There comes the bewildering call of God in our lives also. The call of God can never be understood absolutely or explained externally. The call of God is like the call of the sea, no one hears it but the one who has the nature of the sea in him. It cannot be stated definitely what the call of God is to, because His call is to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes.  Our real test is to believe that God knows what He is after.The things that happen do not happen by chance, they happen entirely in the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out His purposes.

If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. As we go on in the Christian life it gets simpler, because we are less inclined to say – I wonder why God allowed this or that? And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life and that God is divinely shapeing us into oneness with that purpose. A Christian is one who trusts in the knowledge and the wisdom of God, and not his own abilities. If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which ought to characterize the children of God.

My goal these days is to make my plans but always with the recognition that I am most calm and relaxed when I do not hold my purposes too tightly, knowing that my Father is “divinely shaping me into oneness with His purpose”.  

I still am bewildered at times but I am slowly learning to recognize that God is not so much allowing hard things in my life, or thwarting my dreams, as He is leading me into the fulfillment of His purposes, not just for my good, but for His Kingdom and His glory.

Are you bewildered?  Does this help?  Your comments in agreement or disagreement are greatly appreciated.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Krisy Henry (Conklin)  |  August 11, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Our pastor said yesterday, “We are on stage and He is our audience. Everything we do (or fail to do) he sees, feels, and has a purpose for. Whether we believe it or don’t want to believe it at that time.”

    Compelling and convicting. Nice to know that I’m not the only one who feels bewildered.

    Blessings to you!

  • 2. Linda  |  August 7, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised about how God is working out His purposes in our lives since I consistently pray the following prayer:
    Lord God, Everlasting Father, You have brought us in safety to this new day. Preserve us with your mighty power that we may not fall into sin nor be overcome by adversity and in all we do, direct us to the fulfulling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
    I’d say that He has answered and continues to answer that prayer – His purpose being fulfilled in our lives.
    Your wife – Linda

  • 3. rwarner22  |  August 7, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Interesting thoughts on the call of God and leading. We have launched out on ‘our’ plan to reshape our lives and enter into a minimalistic (compared to what lifestyle we have now) approach. That might be a prideful description of nobler airs than is what the case.

    We couldn’t figure out what we wanted to do; or where we wanted to ‘retire’. But we know we are getting older (mid 50’s) and the RV full time lifestyle seems to make a lot of sense to us. The adventure, the ‘call’, the ‘pull’ has intrigued us for some time.

    Yet the last year is not what I would call a particularly ‘spiritual’ time for us—not a close walk with God as has been the case in earlier times. So we hope and try to act out in faith…knowing that ‘the mind of man plans his ways, but the Lord directs His steps.’

    And if He allows, we hope to be in a RV somewhere. And we wonder if we won’t look at each other in month 7 and say, ‘ what the heck have we done…?’ –Similar to what your friends have dealt with when they find ‘things are not working out’.

    We have tried to chronicle our process http://www.warnerrvnews.blogspot.com and continue to ask for His guidance and direction.

    So bewilderment may come; but I have to use my logic, make my plans, look for His direction and walk in faith (for without faith it is impossible to please him).

    I can’t claim a ‘compelling purpose from God’ but maybe the routine, daily average life IS the compelling purpose.

  • 4. BS  |  August 7, 2008 at 2:01 am

    seek first HIS kingdom [purposes] and HIS righteousness [character] and all these things shall be your as well.
    good word…thanks for sharing dad.

  • 5. John Willis  |  August 7, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Sometimes the things that go wrong are because others refused to hear the will of the Father and because of that the thing you were told to do failed not because of what we did but what others did or refused to do.
    Enjoyed the article I needed it today.
    God Bless

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