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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Confused (08/16/07)

By brett dobbs


Iím sorry, what were you saying? No, no, itís not you. Itís me. I am so confused. Itís like this thick fog has descended and now I canít see or, for that matter, hear clearly. I donít really know how it happened; one minute I was asking ďwhyĒ and the next thing I knew, there was this fog. Itís so thick that itís clouding my judgment, making me question where I am and where I am going. All I can do is stay put and hope for the best.

I hate being confused. Confusion makes me think of the color grey. Grey is that perfect blend of white and black that makes it impossible to see the black and white. I think confusion is the first step to falling. If you canít see where you are going, then a fall is eminent. It doesnít have to be that way. When youíre driving and there is a fog and you need to stay moving, what do you do? You slow down and you turn on your headlights. The best light is the light of day. If the sun is out, then you can be sure that the fog will eventually diminish. I sure could use some sunlight now.

Some things arenít that confusing. As a matter of fact, a whole lot of things arenít that confusing when you put them under the light of Godís word. Talk about a light that diminishes fog, the Bible is about as good as light gets. The problem I have is actually turning to the light and using it. Most of the time, confusion starts with a question and can end with scripture. It can end with scripture, whether it does or doesnít will depend on the Christian using it.

Paul had to address confusion with the church at Galatia. He had basically just left and they were already being led astray by false teachers. It was a grey day in Galatia. Paul wrote in chapter one of Galatians:

ď6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-- 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!Ē

Paul had a simple solution for fixing the confusion clouding the Galatians; hold it up to the light of the gospel.

ď11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.Ē

Confusion about how a Christian should live usually starts with a lie. The lie plants a seed that turns into confusion. You canít see three feet in front of you and you canít tell the truth from the lies. Suddenly, itís OK to never pick up the Bible, or indulge in lust, mistreat people, or settle into a life that puts God in His place on Sunday or holidays.

When fog sets in, sometimes itís best to just slow down and turn on the lights. Itís also OK to just stop and wait for the light of Godís word to burn the confusion away. Thatís what can be great about confusion; it can cause us to rely on our Lord and Savior more. Recognizing the grey fog that surrounds us can cause us to trust Him more. So, maybe if I just sit here and wait awhile, maybe pick up my copy of the Word, then the fog Iím in will eventually go away. Does that make sense? Or did I just confuse you more?

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terri tiffany08/23/07
Very nicely done:) Yes - your story was not confusing at all!:) Couple of suggestions I learned - drop the 'just' and 'basically' - you will have a cleaner sentence. Also you might want to try your ending without the last two lines...a thought only. Nice devotional writing.
Jan Ackerson 08/23/07
Nice writer's voice, a good piece.
dub W08/24/07
Good lesson, and fairly well written, work on your citation style and you have a winner. Thanks for posting.
Joanne Sher 08/31/07
Congratulations, Brett. Your entry has placed 13th in Level 1. With so many entries in this level, you've really done well. The Lists for the Top 15 in each Level and the Top 40 overall is available in the Weekly Results and Highest Rankings forum of our Faithwriters Message Boards.