John 7:25-52; 1 Chronicles 29; Zechariah 13
As Jesus spoke and taught, some people were confused. His appearance in Jerusalem touched off a great debate about who He was. The religious leaders sought to kill Him, that was well known, and yet, He taught freely in the Temple area. This caused some of the confusion. “Now some of them from Jerusalem said, ‘Is this not He whom they seek to kill? But look! He speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ?’” (John 7:25-26) The confusion was intensified because the leaders didn’t put a stop to Jesus teaching. Some began to wonder if the leaders secretly thought that Jesus might be the Messiah. That same dilemma exists for so many people. They want to be in control of things and yet the claims of Jesus keep ringing through their minds. Whether they be political leaders or people just making it their pride wants to keep themselves in control, and yet the call of Jesus to seek Him keeps tugging at their hearts. Confusion. We usually think it’s a bad thing. But what if someone is convinced of something that’s wrong? Those who are sure there is no God. Those who believe that if there is a God, Jesus has nothing to do with Him. People like this need to be confused by the claim of God on their lives. Sometimes our own pride makes us think that God needs us or is lucky to have us on His side. When that happens, we need a bit of holy confusion as well. God speaks to us in our pridefulness – whether it be to upset our lack of faith or to upset a certainty about our faith so that we can focus on Him and do things His way. Confusion may not be a bad thing – it may mean that God is seeking us and breaking down our barriers.
Lord, when I am sure of myself and leave You out of the equation – send confusion to me to cause me to seek You. I pray for others who are sure of themselves and have no faith in You. Send them some holy confusion and draw them to Yourself. Use me as an example of Your grace and forgiveness.