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Overcoming the Confusion:

Overcoming The Confusion:

John 7:10-19

“If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.”


How do we navigate through all the various opinions expressed today? Whether it be politics, current issues, or religion, start a conversation, and soon you will find yourself engaged in a lively discussion with many different viewpoints. For some, the variety of views leads them to conclude that there is no longer a basis for truth. Truth is what is true to you alone. My truth may not be your truth, and your truth may be different from mine, but both are equally valid. These disagreements regarding truth are not just a problem in a postmodern world where truth becomes relative. It was a problem in the time of Jesus. As Jesus began His public ministry, His works and His message elicited different opinions. Some saw Jesus as a good man who performed miracles and healed the sick. Others saw Jesus as a false prophet, a heretic, who distorted the Jewish traditions and proclaimed a message in conflict with the religious establishment (vs. 12). Because of the dissenting opinions, people were reluctant to talk about Jesus for fear of what others might think or do in response (vs. 13).

When Jesus began to teach in the temple, the people were astounded by His teaching and insight. However, they were also confused. How could a son of a carpenter, one who was not trained by a prominent rabbi, attain such knowledge and insight? In response, Jesus goes to the heart of the issue. His ministry and message were from God, and people rejected Him because they rejected God. Instead of desiring to do God’s will, they desire to elevate themselves and seek their own glory and honor. If they were genuinely seeking God and obeying His word, then they would have recognized Jesus for who He was: the messenger of God.

We often view belief and doubt as an intellectual problem. If one fully understands the facts about the Bible and the accuracy of the Bible, then they would believe. However, Christ points to the issue as a spiritual problem. We live in an age of Christian deconstructionism, in which everything is questioned, and we reject those tenets that we find personally uncomfortable or opposite to what we think. Instead of shaping our beliefs by Scripture, we question the Bible and adopt views that are more acceptable in our postmodern age.

Christ confronts us with our inner desire to elevate ourselves rather than God. We desire to conform God to our perspective and our sense of right and wrong. We want to choose only scripture that we find comfortable and preferable. Yet Christ points out that faith begins with surrendering our will to God. We seek to do his will rather than our own. Faith is to obey even when we do not understand. We accept that God is true and there is no unrighteousness in Him (vs. 18). In other words, God’s Word is truth, and in His law, there is no falsehood. We struggle not because we do not understand but we do not accept what God has stated. To be people of faith, every time we open the Bible, our prayer should be, “Not my will but thine.” As the songwriter captured long ago, “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to Trust and Obey.” The way to overcome confusion is by responding in obedience even when we do not fully understand.

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