Belief is a struggle for many people. The faithful and non-faithful alike struggle with belief, perhaps occasionally or maybe on a regular basis. So what is it that stands between you and belief?
The 24th chapter of Luke has at least five teachings about overcoming disbelief. The chapter centers around that Third Day, Resurrection Day, the day that followed the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Luke 24 says that, early in the morning the women went to the tomb to prepare the body of Jesus. They found the tomb open, the stone rolled away, plus a missing corpse! It was a moment of astonishment and confusion as shown in verses 1-6.
Confusion is one factor that can stand between us and belief. Sometimes things just don’t make sense. Such was the case that morning in their tomb experience. These devoted follower experienced confusion- which challenged their belief.
Their confusion is understandable. They did did not expect Jesus to die. They did not expect Him to die the disgraceful death of crucifixion. They did not expect the tomb to be open. They did not expect Him to be absent from the tomb. They did not expect Jesus to have been resurrected.
What did they do about it? First, and perhaps most importantly, they did not wallow in confusion. Each character in Luke 24 experienced confusion. Each character faced their confusion. Each character worked their way through confusion. Each character went from confusion to faith. Each one went from confused devotees to spiritual giants!
Confusion cannot be avoided in matters of faith. We cannot and do not understand every element of the faith we embrace. We do not understand everything we believe about the Person of Jesus and never will. Even so, we trust and we believe.
These in Luke 24 sought to resolve their confusion! They were not content to remain confused. What do you do in times of confusion?
When we are confused and lack the wisdom needed to support our faith we should remember James 1:5 which says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him.” Why wisdom? Because wisdom is broader than knowledge. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. Wisdom is the ability to apply knowledge for it’s highest and most beneficial outcome. Wisdom comes from above.
Additionally, since faith comes from above, let’s understand the source of confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:33a helps us immensely at this point where we read, “For God is not the author of confusion…” Satan desires, propogates, and fuels confusion. The last thing he wants for you is to be at peace in matters of faith. He is the troubler of belief.
Confusion can be resolved today just as it was for the characters of Luke 24. God will help any one of us with confusion as He did each of them. God desires to bring us to a place of confident faith. Satan will pummel you with doubts and confusion. God will walk you through the darkness of confusion and into His light when we ask Him to.
Do not let your own confusion defeat you in your battle for belief.