Confused? Keep things simple

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Here are the truths I go to when I’m confused over what’s going on in my life. They bring peace and clarity.

“I’m confused” – I hear you say. We all go through periods of confusion in our lives. Those times when nothing seems to make sense, when we feel bombarded with our own contradicting thoughts and don’t seem to be getting any answers.

I went through that last year. I had questions about work, the direction in life, ambitions, and balance between work and home. Eventually, I got some guidance and got over it, but I wouldn’t be able to do that without going back to the basics of my knowledge of and relationship with God. It was a valuable lesson that I want to share with you.

You may have just been pushed and have lost your balance in life or you don’t know which way to take. If that’s the case, I hope this post will help you find your feet in again and re-start with new energy and sense of purpose.

If you’re in a good place in life at the moment, this post may help you help someone else or will prepare you for any confusion you may face in life in the future.

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Stop and Think

The first step to regaining your balance in life is to pause and don’t panic. Sometimes, we’re so focused on our problem(s) and finding a solution that we start going round and round in circles. As a result, we feel worse rather than better. Times of confusion in life will come but they’re normal and with right thinking and prayer, you can overcome them.

When I was confused, what made me to stop and change my outlook on the situation was a verse from Psalm 19 which I heard at a Sunday service.

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

Psalm 19:12 NIV

As soon as I heard it, I had a eureka moment. Suddenly, I felt the burden lifted because I’d realised I’m not the only one making mistakes and getting confused. And what’s more, I can seek God’s forgiveness and receive it, and He will give me clarity over my wrong thinking.

This verse showed me that long ago David (the author of this Psalm) realised that we don’t recognise our own errors. It made me realise that sometimes we do things and we don’t realise are wrong and lead us into confusion. I’ve also learnt that many things are hidden within us and only God can discern them and show us the truth.

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I’m confused but I can stand on the truth

When you’ve managed to stop and give yourself some time, it’s good to turn to the One who isn’t confusing and who has all the answers.

When things in life get confusing, it’s worth going back to basics. They’re simple and straightforward, clear up any confusion and bring comfort. They shift my focus from difficulties to encouraging words of God and help me to look at my questions from a different perspective. They’ll also help you to put your trust in God again. At the time of confusion, I can rely on them and draw my strength from them.

Give yourself and God time. He doesn’t work in seconds. Sometimes, it may take days, weeks or months, even years. If it does keep going back to the truths, exploring them in the Bible and prayer. So, let’s take a look at what these truths are.

What are those truths?

Above everything, remember All YOU REALLY need is God’s grace.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

Here are the truths that help me when I’m confused:

  1. God IS in control and I can trust Him. This truth is something I’ve hung on to in life so many times. No matter what are the circumstances, this sentence reminds me that I’m not alone, that He knows and He cares and I can rest on Him.
  2. God didn’t bring me here to let me lead a miserable life but to live an abundant life, a life of communion with Him. The problems I go through are life lessons.
  3. Don’t get further from God but get even closer to Him
  4. God knows the plan and He’s caring me through, even if it doesn’t make sense to me
  5. He loves me and cares for me, and he’ll never leave me
  6. God is the one who’s working in me and he’s fighting the battle
  7. He’ll help me to make the right decision or will bring the situation to an end.

I’m confused but I don’t have to be

These truths calm me down. They bring peace in the middle of the storm that goes on in my mind. When I go read them and think over them, I find peace and I feel that things aren’t as complicated as they seem. It’s often me who make them more complicated.

Is there anything you would like to add to this list that you think might help others? Share it in the comments below.

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