We’ve all heard the verse quoted that states, “God is not the author of confusion”. Though this is true, the context of the phrase is often twisted and used to prevent and pervert God’s work, rather then accomplish it. You see, we must realize that confusion comes to us all. Discovering the truth of a matter comes by way of realizing that, though God is never the author of it, we may still find ourselves confused about the things of God. Why? Because we either author it ourselves, or allow the enemy to. God is always willing to bring us the truth but we are not always willing to receive it, though we say that we are, and that brings confusion.
In the opening passage, and surrounding verses, we read of Paul’s evangelizing of Ephesus. He and his disciples had made great progress in spreading the gospel there and many were turning to Jesus. God’s word is clear, it’s simple, it’s truth and there was no confusion in it. Then enters the silversmiths. You see the Ephesians were known for their worship of Diana, and idol goddess. The silversmiths fashioned her idols of silver at great financial gain to themselves. So when the people began turning to Jesus, those that profited from the false religions and idol worship sought to stir the people against Paul, whom they had heard and trusted. They railed great accusations against Paul and his disciples, causing much confusion, and when they tried to speak that they might bring clarity to the situation, their accusers would not allow it.
Scripture records that this uproar got so bad that the entire city was in confusion. The people did not know who to trust or what to do. The text states that many did not even know why there was such an uproar sense Paul’s disciples had been silenced and not allowed to bring forth the truth.
Take a moment to read this full account in Acts chapter 19 and ask yourself, had you been a citizen of Ephesus, how would you have handled this situation. How would you have gone about to determine the truth and clear up the confusion?
So often the devil stirs up confusion among brethren, then making every effort to silence the truth, he turns the blame back on the true servant of God saying: “If this was of God there would be no confusion”. Herein lies the twisting of scripture that satan is so good at. The bible never says that there will never be confusion, only that when there is, God will not be the author of it. So knowing this, had you been a citizen of Ephesus, you might have asked: “Who authored this confusion? If you don’t know then ask: “Who stands to gain physically or monetarily from the confusion or the agenda causing it (since those persons are likely to be the authors of it)? Also, take note of who is being silenced. Know that truth does not fear the lie, however the lie always fears the truth. Therefor the one being silenced is usually the one telling the truth or else there would be no confusion in the first place. And above all else, never act on pride or emotions but rather take it to God in prayer. He is neither the author of confusion, nor does He wish for you to remain in it. He is truth, and in Him is found all wisdom (Colossians 2:3).
The very Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, is known in scripture as “The Spirit of Truth”, while the devil’s spirit is referred to as “the spirit of error”. For he is a lair and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). Therefor, use wisdom, don’t assume or be led of emotions or the words of men with agendas, deep pockets, and big mouths. When you find yourself unsure of something, take time to seek God patiently, and He will fill you with all truth.
“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all treasures of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” – Colossians 2:2-4
“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…” – 1 Corinthians 14:33
“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.” – 1 John 4:6
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:…” – John 16:13