Unfortunate Fortune (Part 2)

Monday, October 10, 2011


We are perplexed, but not in despair.” (2 Corinthians 4:8b)

Have you ever been in a position where all the cards were laid out before you, but you couldn't make a decision?

Think of a time that you were at a mental loss and didn’t know what in the world to do. How did you feel? What emotions consumed you? What phrases replayed in your mind (i.e., “I don’t know what to do, how do I get out of this, which way do I go,” etc?). What comes to mind when you think of being perplexed? You may think confused, disoriented, or baffled as to what you should do to get out of a bad situation or how to make an informed decision. In the Greek it means, “hesitant, be in doubt, to have no way out, or to be at a loss mentally.”

To be perplexed is a mental battle of what to do or what not to do. Sometimes you may ask God for an answer and He doesn't respond the way you think He should. Or He doesn't answer you at all. Then your mind begins to form its own answer through human logic of what you feel is the best thing for you to do. Just because God doesn’t deliver, doesn’t mean He can’t.

Because we have had troubles to come into our lives, we must determine what to do with them and what to do next. This task is usually the most difficult because the answer is not always right in front of us. It can be perplexing.

Being perplexed is not a good feeling. Being perplexed is like wandering without a way. Being perplexed are the problems that arise that keep us from making an informed best decision. We become congested with mental turmoil, anguish, unforgiveness, anger, because something unfavorable has found its way into our hearts and has decided to camp out there. Our spirits may feel broken and we want to give up.

Once this happens it will require God’s peace to guide us and heal our minds. You may have to cease contact with people, stop your work, go to a private place, and listen to God (Psalm 46:10). Have you ever had to stop everything in order to hear God? Having peace in your mind should not be contingent upon what’s going on around you, but rather the God that is within you (1 John 4:4). Sometimes God may have to change you, instead of the individuals that are causing you grief. Likewise, God may need to change you in order for your circumstances to change.

The truth about the Christian life is, it is not a bed of roses, peaches and cream, or sunshiny days all the time, life sometimes brings with it afflictions, confusion, grief, and weakness. It’s all a part of being a Christian. 1 Peter 4:16 states, “yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.” In the midst of being perplexed, Paul said, but I am NOT in despair. He sought to glorify God in the face of his suffering. Usually an unexpected help and unforeseen strength will come from above to guide us through our perplexing situations. Now you can say:

“I may not have the answer, but I know there is an answer.”
“I may not always know the way, but I can always find a way.”
“I may not understand, but I know there is a peace that exceeds my understanding.”

There is nothing too hard for God to handle. If you’re not able to find the answer you need, seek the Lord; He will work it all out. Sometimes we beat ourselves up for not knowing or being able to find a way out of troubles and hurts…we stress ourselves out to the point of pessimism, despair, and hopelessness, when all God wants us to do is to cast our cares upon Him (1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22). He has traveled the road many times before and knows which way is best. Simply, give it all to God and leave it there. Let Him show you what to do.

The Unfortunate: you may be perplexed, get confused, and see no way out.
The Fortune: if you are in Him, you can pray to, call on, and seek the Lord for deliverance.

Scriptures to Reflect On:

Jeremiah 29:11-13
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Philippians 4:6-7

Thank you:

For each of you who have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose that God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "Pushing Through Being Perplexed" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.

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  1. Okay so this series is helping me get out of the comfort zone of negative thinking. Yes this stepped on my toes but yet encouraged me to see the positives in my trials. Thank you.



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