12 By Spiritual Confusion
“Ye know not what ye ask.”
There are times in spiritual life when there is
confusion, and it is no way out to say that there ought not to be confusion. It
is not a question of right and wrong, but a question of God taking you by a way
which in the meantime you do not understand, and it is only by going through
the confusion that you will get at what God wants.
The Shrouding of His Friendship. Luke 11:5-8. Jesus
gave the illustration of the man who looked as if he did not care for his
friend, and He said that that is how the Heavenly Father will appear to you at
times. You will think He is an unkind friend, but remember He is not; the time
will come when everything will be explained. There is a cloud on the friendship
of the heart, and often even love itself has to wait in pain and tears for the
blessing of fuller communion. When God looks completely shrouded, will you hang
on in confidence in Him?
The Shadow on His Fatherhood. Luke 11:11-13. Jesus
says there are times when your Father will appear as if He were an unnatural
father, as if He were callous and indifferent, but remember He is not; I have
told you – “Everyone that asketh receiveth.” If there is a shadow on the face
of the Father just now, hang onto it that He will ultimately give His clear
revealing and justify Himself in all that He permitted.
The Strangeness of His Faithfulness. Luke 18:1-8.
“When the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Will He find
the faith which banks on Him in spite of the confusion? Stand off in faith
believing that what Jesus said is true, though in the meantime you do not under
stand what God is doing. He has bigger issues at stake than the particular
things you ask.