Confusion Of Face
Our will without God*s merciful over-ruling revelation and influence will ALWAYS be sinful. Our sin is not just evil, it leads to confusion. God is not the author of sin or confusion. Satan is and we are. Try to notice how mixed up and confused you get when you fall into sin. Try to remember the desperation you feel when you do not know and cannot find God*s will and the simple joy you have when you find it.
1 Corinthians 14:33: For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Daniel 9:8: O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
Jeremiah 10:23: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Romans 3:10-12: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
We must know God*s will for our lives and for our eternities. He has a wonderful long-term plan for us. And He also has a wonderful short-term plan for us. We must know His will for all of the decisions and all of the moments in our lives because it only takes one wrong decision and only one moment to get out of God*s will and go our own way and enter into confusion. Without His mercy and help we would remain in the confusion of not knowing His will. I know many Christians who are in that place. One wrong step not retraced can take us out of God*s will and keep us there for long periods of time.
Blessedly, His will can often be rediscovered in just one right decision and in one right moment. The right decision is always trusting Him instead of ourselves.
When God wants us to do something, He WILL clearly communicate with us what it is. If He did not communicate with us what He wants us to do He would be at fault. He is never at fault. One self-made decision can take us to a place of confusion where we do not and cannot know His will.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
We too often presume that we know His will and are doing it. David knew how quickly he could get out of God*s will and how dangerous that is.
Psalms 19:13: Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Jesus gave us a wonderful moment by moment prayer:
Matthew 6:10b: . . . Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Whenever His children need to know God*s will with certainty, they can. If you are a child of God YOU can.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
First we surrender our will and life and then we find the perfect will of God.