Top 7 Bible Verses About Confusion or Being Confused

Here are 7 of my favorite Bible verses on confusion.  What might be your choice?

First Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.”

This chapter addresses orderly worship services in the church and the expectations that God has for them.  God expects things to be organized in the church and this is reflected in the way that Old Testament worship services were planned.  Everything had to be in proper order so that those who were involved did services in a way that reflected the holiness of God. God expects the same thing in the New Testament church except for the sacrificial system which of course Jesus completely fulfilled in the work at Calvary.

First John 4:1 “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

God wants us to test the spirits, whether they are from God or from Satan and his minions.  There are no shortage of false doctrines that are brought into some churches by half-truths and that is Satan’s tactic; he mixes error in with the truth which makes people more gullible, but a half-truth is still a whole lie just as it was in John’s day.  There are many false prophets who mascaraed as angels of light (ministers of truth) so the best way to refute error is to stay in the truth daily and that truth is always found in the Word of God.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

Someone once told me that in their heart they knew that a teaching was from God but I reminded them to place every teaching against the Word of God to ensure whether something is true or not.  If it is confusing, then we know it’s not of God and to try and rely on the heart as being the deciding factor of whether something is true or not, is certainly not a reliable way to do that.  Jeremiah reminds us that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” but not only that, who can trust it?  You can trust the Word of God.

Proverbs 25:26 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.”

A muddied spring is certainly not trustworthy because you don’t know what’s in the water…whether it’s safe or not but the righteous man, or a Christian for example, who gives way or gives in to the wicked is just like a muddied spring.  It confuses those who see him about his testimony before Christ. It makes others doubt the sincerity of his faith.

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

Who is this “Helper” Jesus was speaking about?  If you read most of the chapter (14) you can see the context is clearly about the Holy Spirit.  When we need things brought to our remembrance, we can certainly trust the Spirit of God to bring clarity about something or help us remember what we need to remember and when we need to remember it, thus reducing the likelihood of confusion about something. That’s because Jesus said “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come” (John 16:13).

First Corinthians 31:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

Today, we do not see everything that is in our eternal future and we are only seeing through a dark glass and even though we know many things about our coming future in eternity, only at His return will we see things that make more sense of what we are going through today.  I believe one of the first things we will say when the kingdom comes is “Ah, now I get it” but for today, we can only see glimpses of what is to come.  Even though there is still some confusion about our eternal home with God, on that day we see Him “face to face” it will all make perfect sense.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Bible Verses About Confusion

Trying to find the will of God is often difficult and that’s why Christ told the disciples and by extension, He tells us today, to ask, seek, and knock and then it will be opened or revealed to us.  It reminds me of a child who is trying to find his mother.  He asks for her and gets no answer.  He starts searching the house in seeking her.  Finally, he knocks on her bedroom door and when it’s opened, he finds her.  That’s a little like seeking God’s will in a world of confusion.  Persistence pays off; keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking and in time, “it will be opened to you.”

Conclusion

Living in the world is confusing at times.  Things that happen often don’t make sense. We can lessen the chance of our being confused if we stay in the Word of God.  To find God’s hidden will and lessen our confusion, we need to be doing His revealed will because God will never reveal His hidden will for us until we at least obey His revealed will.  Living in obedience to God certainly increases the chances for clarity from God and decreases confusion in our lives.

Another Reading on Patheos to Check Out: What Did Jesus Really Look Like: A Look at the Bible Facts

Jack WellmanArticle by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book  Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon

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  • spw

    Jesus birthday is not December 25th. But the multitudes say its so. A little truth and a little error is not the truth at all. The end will never justify lies. May Gods people stand in spirit and truth according to scripture, not the traditions of men.

    • Barrie Beaumont

      Good morning SPW. It is a beautiful sunny Christmas morning here in country South Australia. We have a medium breeze and a maximum of 29c is forecast.

      The 25th of December is definitely not the correct date but we are stuck with it. Being aware that it is not correct is not, to my mind, a serious issue. May I suggest that it is what is in our hearts that determines our position; not a date.

      There is a vast amount of research on when Jesus was born and the popular argument put forward that it commerates a pagan feast needs careful unpacking.

      Shepherds watched their flocks in the hills. That was not in winter. If it was winter when Jesus was born, then the flocks would have been in shelter.

      Some argue strenously that it is entirely of pagan in orign. This is popular but not correct.

      The celebration opf Christmas was banned in 1647 during the Puritan Commonwealth in England It was seen as pagan, popish, wasteful, and immoral. Each cultural group across the ages has had its own series of festivals bringing people together.

      Please look this up. “The battle for Christmas; Is it Christian, pagan or secular. http://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/The battle for Christmas….

      This article is one of the more penetrating and informative that I have read. An internet search will produce some exellent unpacking of this question.

      To conclude, I believe that the date is not the important issue. It is how we celebrate the date; the message we give, the clarity of why and what we do,
      being clear about the actual events of the birth of Jesus as they unfolded.

      Despite the anti Christmas /Christian epedemic that rages at present The underlying truth is that the Christmas festival is based on a real event .

      • spw

        Hello Barry,
        Thank you for your reply. God calls a truth and a lie to be “double mindedness” and not the truth at all. We cannot worship God based on lies or assumptions. God is spirit and His true worshiper’s must worship Him by the spirit and the truth of scripture. God did not command His church to worship Him with worldly man made traditions with pagan influences. If you know anything of the scriptures, I’m sure you are aware of that. Jesus was born during the Feast of Tabernacles, according to the timeline of Johns birth during Passover and the Jewish calendar. Jesus was more than likely conceived at the end of December, because the Feast of Tabernacles is the end of September. We cannot make a lie to become the truth because we see no harm in it, especially pertaining to Jesus. Those that possess and celebrate lies while worshipping Jesus are walking on very dangerous ground, because God changes not! Liars will not inherit the kingdom of God and lying about Jesus is far worse. God says if we cause the least of these to sin, we might as well have a stone tied around our neck and thrown in the sea to die. Are we causing children or anyone else to sin, by teaching lies about Jesus being born on December 25th and on a man made traditional holiday called Christmas? This holiday is so hyped up, even Gods elect are being deceived. God has handed many over to a reprobate mind, and many believe the delusion of the Babylonian holiday. May the church wake up and open her eyes to the truth of scripture, and stop mixing a little of this and a little of that, pertaining to God and His commands

        • Barrie Beaumont

          I will respond in more detail later but for now, these are my questions to you.
          When was Jesus born, and how do you suggest we change the time of Christmas, and how do you suggest that this be achieved?

    • Jack Wellman

      You are correct. His birth was more likely in the fall, but we just don’t know the precise date.My mother never had birthdays as a child, so she doesn’t exactly know what her birth date is since they lost much to house fire, but we celebrate in February 15, since she thinks she was born in that month. We don’t know Jesus’ birth date either…but we know He was born and came into the world to redeem many (Mark 10:45).

  • Donna rose

    We r created as new creature giving a brand new heart. Old things have passed away. Our old man is dead in a watery grave. Jerm 17:9 says the heart is deceitful does not apply to us – Christians. Jeremiah was not talking to born again believers. We have a new heart. Pple not saved have a deceitful heart. Need to keep in mind who is the scripture’s audience. This is so vital to know this. Know who u r in christ. U have to know this for victory in life. If u keep believing that Jesus didn’t do a good job of not cleaning u, you will always be defeated in life. We don’t war against flesh and blood (inc ourself) but against spiritual wickiness. So when u feel u still want to sin and u feel it is coming from ur hrt, know that is evil spirit trying to tempt you. And fight the spiritual wickiness and not fight urself. Only believe u have been made new, been made righteous. U have a new heart the Bible says. If u have a problem with something, u can’t defeat thinking this is just me and this is how I am. U have to see it as evil trying to make u think u can’t win, this thing is too strong. U have to not give into lies but know the truth will set u free. Donnagal@verizon.net if you need help. Right believing is half the battle. We r more than conquerors. God is on ur side.

    • Jack Wellman

      Beautifully put my friend Donna. I have found me to be my own worst enemy, but certainly the evil spirits don’t help! Thank you for your comment.