PERPLEXITY OF LIFE

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

Perplexity of life can have a drastic impact.  There are many moments in one's life that can be devastating with the pulse of life increasing in such moments.  Scripture records that perplexity of life is a reality but does not have to be devastating to the believer.  (Comment)


Perplexity of Life - Troubled but not Distressed

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, we are perplexed, but not in despair (2 Corinthians 4:8).  Life can deliver blows that almost knocks out one's breathe of life; yet God's Word assures deliverance.

There can be all sorts of trouble, inward and outward, from the world around us, the fleshly side of man, or even the devil.  Sometimes one does not no what to do, which way to take, what course to steer, with perplexing thoughts, doubts, and possible fear for the moment.  However, there is freedom through the throne of grace (John 14:1).

Persecuted but not Forsaken

We are persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:9).  There is enduring strength through God's Word; of His promise to the believer in Christ, of His assurance that one has not been forsaken but that He would be with him, even to the end of the world (Matthew 28:20).

One may be pursued from place to place, cursed upon, reproached, laid hold on, imprisoned, threatened with tortures and even death itself; but God never leaves nor forsakes those who trust in Him

We are seeing many of the above mentioned traits brought about through the ungodly, against those who profess Christ as Lord and Savior, but Scripture assures us:  He that shall endure to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:13).

In the Midst of Affliction

The Psalmist David knew about the perplexity of life, in saying:  I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters where the floods overflow me (Psalm 69:2). 

He identified a solution:  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at wit's end.  Then they cry to the Lord in their troubles, and he brings them out of their distresses.  He makes the storm a calm, so that the waves are still (Psalm 107:27-29).

Persecution of Jewish and Christians

Persecution has risen in regards to the Jewish people and Christianity in these latter days.  Many nations are attempting to weed out any growth in Christianity to enhance their own national religion.

The apostle Paul addressed the worship of a variety of gods; with some of those he addressed mocking him, others saying we will hear again of this matter, also with some believing his proclaiming the one and only God (Acts 12:34).  We are seeing growth in Christianity, in many nations, despite efforts to wipe it out.

Gathering Storm

The prophet Isaiah revealed perplexity of life in saying:  A day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and crying to the mountains (Isaiah 22:5).

The gathering storm of judgment would dump its greatest torrents on Jerusalem through the coming Babylonian invasion.  There was an appeal to the people through the prophet Isaiah, saying:  Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of his servant, that walks in darkness, and has no light?  Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God (Isaiah 50:10).

Day of Calamity

When one faces the perplexity of life; whether it come through normal circumstances, the enemy of one's soul, or God himself to bring one back to him, what will one's reaction be?  Whom will one turn to in the day of calamity?

The Psalmist David cried out:  They prevented me in the day of my calamity; but the Lord was my stay (Psalm18:18).  Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me: for my soul trusts in you, in the shadow of your wings will I may my refuge, until these calamities be past (Psalm 57:1).

David knew who his main stay was; he knew who his shield and buckler was:  He would not be afraid of the terror by night; nor the arrow that flies by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that laid waste at noonday (Psalm 91:4-6).

The Coming of the Lord

Perplexity of life is identified in the days of the coming of the Lord.  There shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars, and upon earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.  Men's hearts failing them for fear, and from looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken (Luke 21:25-26).

The ungodliness of man has exalted itself through deceptive practices that leads others into its web of deceit.  There will be those whose heart will fail because of such calamity; who have failed to draw themselves to the Lord, instead having distance themselves from Him.

Wrath of God

The Book of Revelation reveals a time that there will be a great earthquake; and the sun shall become black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon shall become as blood, and the stars of heaven shall fall on the earth.  And the sky split; and every mountain and island be moved out of their places.

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the mighty men, will hid themselves in the caves and the rocks of the mountains.  And say to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who is able to stand (Revelation 12-17). 

A Bible commentary noted: This describes disasters (Matthew 24:7) with the earth and heavenly bodies going into convulsions.  The Book of Joel predicts many of these judgments as signs of the day of the Lord (Joel 2:30-31).

Perplexity of life may entail token judgments from on High; in an effort to get man back on track towards acknowledging God as Creator and not forsaking Him.  Man has attempted to erase God from the scene and wage a war of ungodliness to satisfy personal lusts. There is a way which seems right to a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12).

Encouragement to Believers

The Psalmist wrote words of encouragement to believers:  Because you have made the Lord, your refuge, even the most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you; neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.  They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:9-12).

This Psalm describes the faithfulness of God's protection.  God can, and will, deliver the faithful according to His will.  Scripture reveals that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to a golden image set up by the king, saying: 

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O King.  BUT IF NOT, be it known to you, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up (Daniel 3:16-18). 

Savior of One's Soul

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (or of the flesh), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).  In these last days our dependence has to be on the Savior of our soul (the Lord Jesus Christ); to see us through the perplexity of life.

The 23rd Psalm reveals:  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in tender green grass; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (the perplexity of life), I will fear no evil: for you are with me (Psalm 23:1-4).

This psalm reveals abundant provision, protection, vindication before one's enemies, and eternal celebration of God's goodness.  Let us, as believers in Christ, hold securely to the Master's hand to see us through the perplexity of life.

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