When someone is confused, it’s often said their head is full of cobwebs. Cobwebs, so to speak, are spun in the minds of those who are not thinking clearly due to some influence or ailment. For example, it could be said of someone who has been drinking, “Drunkeness cobwebbed his mind.”
Talk about drinking, after his presidential defeat, Thomas Dewey gave an analogy of how he felt: A mourner passed out from too much drinking at a wake and was laid in a coffin in the funeral parlor, to sleep it off. When he came to and realized where he was lying, he asked himself, “If I’m alive, why am I still in this coffin? And if I’m dead, why do I have to go to the bathroom?” (1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking)
When caught in the cobweb of confusion, like a fly, we struggle to get free. But the more we struggle, the more we become entangled in fear, sound judgement, and misunderstanding. It can even affect communication which can be somewhat embarrassing at times.
Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament, was once giving a group of his constituents a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the course of the visit, the group happened to meet Lord Hailsham, then lord chancellor, wearing all the regalia of his office. Hailsham recognized Marten among the group and cried, “Neil!”
Not daring to question or disobey the “command,” the entire band of visitors promptly fell to their knees! (Today in the Word, July 30, 1993 as cited in Bible.org)
To clear the cobwebs of confusion, Kingdom Seekers learn to trust and obey the One who keeps us thinking clearly. For the Apostle Paul told the Corinthian Church, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace,” (1 Cor. 14:33, English Standard Version, ESV). Paul was addressing a problem the church was having because some in the congregation with the gift of the Spirit were speaking in foreign languages that others were not able to understand. Speaking of confusion! And this was disrupting their worship as well as prohibiting unity. The apostle said that while speaking in different languages under the influence of the Holy Spirit is okay, it is better to have an interpreter to explain what is being said. And if anyone is speaking in the Spirit, it would be even more preferred to prophesy or speak plainly to the congregation, “for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation,” (v. 3). Paul concludes, “But all things should be done decently and in order,” (v. 40). In essence, they could avoid any confusion.
God’s instruction provides decency and order. This is Good News for a world that is so confused in the web of deception today. Right and wrong; truth and falsehood; justice and injustice create a society that struggles to be free from the ills that threaten peace, security, and order. But if the people only followed the inspired Word of God, they would be less confused and more composed for resolving our problems.
Thankfully, God has given us the ability to reason and rationalize so as to prevent confusion. For one thing, we would be able to see through the distortion of good and evil. Isaiah the prophet warned, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). God wants us to use a “sound mind” to discern between good and evil but, sadly, there are those who don’t put it to use. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, (2 Timothy 1:7, King James Version, KJV).
Unfortunately, what used to be called good such as respect for law enforcement officers is made out to be bad by lumping all of them together as abusers and killers when certain situations get out of hand. Confusion leads to riots, loss of property, and life-threatening incidents. Only when all sides are willing to come together with the aim of doing as the Bible says, then will conditions improve.
The prophet Isaiah recorded the LORD’s instruction to the nation of Judah which was entangled in the cobweb of confusion on account of the evil spun by the deceivers of his day. The solution included,
“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken,” (Isa. 1:16-20, ESV). (see also Deuteronomy 28:1-68)
Not only will society as a whole benefit from the LORD’s instruction, so will each person who is confused due to the problems of life. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” By firmly trusting in him and acknowledging his wisdom and power, the God of peace will rule in our hearts and minds even during times of tumult and turmoil in our lives.
If you examine the following passage by the Apostle Paul, you will find some important clues for clearing the cobweb of confusion in your mind:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. [Rejoice because there is a solution for ending confusion.] Let your reasonableness [Mildness, gentleness, indicates self-control, steadiness.] be known to everyone [The positive way you deal with confusion will be seen as a testimony to others who will want to know your secret]. The Lord is at hand [God is in control; he is near.]; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God [Prayer is your power tool for driving away the confusion.]. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [Inner peace is the goal you aim to achieve.]. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things [Each of these positive thoughts will get your mind off the negative thoughts which are causing confusion and onto the perfect peace provided by the God of peace.]. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you [Through his own personal experience, Paul learned the secret of clearing the cobweb of confusion and finding contentment and joy. He wanted all Christians to learn the secret, too.], ” (Philippians 4:4-9).
When confusion comes and you are feeling at wits end, remember this poem by Antoinette Wilson: “Are You At Wits End Corner?”
Are you standing at “Wits End Corner” Christian, with troubled brow’
Are you thinking of what is before you, And all you are bearing now’
Does all the world seem against you, And you in the battle alone’
Remember at Wits End Corner Is where God’s power is shown.
Are you standing at “Wits End Corner” Blinded with wearying pain
Feeling you cannot endure it, You cannot bear the strain.
Bruised through the constant suffering Dizzy and dazed, and numb
Remember at Wits End Corner, Is where Jesus loves to come.
Are you standing at “Wits End Corner” Your work before you spread.
Or lying begun, unfinished And pressing on heart and head.
Longing for strength to do it. Stretching out trembling hands
Remember at “Wits End Corner” The burden bearer stand.
Are you standing at “Wits End Corner” Yearning for those you love,
Longing and praying and watching, Pleading their cause above,
Trying to lead them to Jesus Wondering if you’ve been true’
He whispers at “Wits End Corner” “I’ll win them as I won you.”
Are you standing at “Wits End Corner” Then you’re just in the very spot.
To learn the wondrous resources Of Him who faileth not!
No doubt to a brighter pathway Your footsteps will soon be moved
But only at Wits End Corner Is the God who is able, “proved.”
(as cited in Bible.org)
Here’s the Gaither Vocal Band singing, “Something Beautiful”: http://youtu.be/iPw9HMQZZ_E
Good News to YOU!