Monday, June 23, 2014

Lacking Direction

Dear Friends,

One symptom of faith distress is a lack of direction in life, confusion as to which way to go or what decision to make.  Jeremiah attributed his confusion to God:  “He has barred my way with blocks of stone; he has made my paths crooked” (Lam. 3:9).

I can remember thinking that God was playing a game with me by sending me up a road and then going on ahead of me and turning all the signposts around just to confuse me!  That is not a good feeling!

We were trying to discern whether to come to America to live.  We received an invitation to immigrate and started up the road in that direction.  Then all sorts of roadblocks appeared in our way.  I became confused.  Why would God call us to America and then put roadblocks in our way?  I began to suffer faith distress.

But it wasn’t God who was blocking our way.  It was immigration, red tape, and government departments on both sides of the Atlantic.  As soon as I applied my faith in the faithfulness of God, the way became clear again and the roadblocks disappeared.

Your faith can be distressed when you feel confused and don’t know what to do.  Never forget that God is not out to confuse you – He will eventually make the path clear.  Be patient and remain faithful.


Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine


  1. I guess I'm having a bit of faith distress right now. Last Sunday, I believed the Lord wanted me to give all the money I had into the collection plate and trust that He would take care of me. So I gave it - my gas money for the next 3.5 days until my paycheck would be deposited. On Monday morning, I used my lawnmower gas, figuring God would provide the rest. Now it's Tuesday and guess what? No money, no gas. I had to call in sick (I do have a nasty cold, but it was still a lie because if I'd had gas, I would have gone to work). Can you imagine having to explain my actions to an unbelieving company? And me, still on orientation in my new position. They would have pegged me as a flighty moron. But I really thought that this was one more time where God wanted me to practice fully trusting him to provide. I figured it must be practice for the future when, perhaps, I will have to trust him in mighty ways. Well, now I just feel stupid. Now I'm wondering if I've ever listened correctly or even if he speaks to me as much as I thought (that still, small voice). It seems he set me only to make an idiot of me, but I know better, so I think the fault must lay in me and this really bothers me because it shows I cannot rely on myself to discern God's voice vs my own or the enemy's. I'm angry because I feel foolish, yet I know that this must be pride and so again the fault is mine. And now I've got to find a way to get gas money for the next 2 days.

  2. Dear Anonymous:

    Thank you for sharing your crisis of faith with us. I'm sure many will be touched by your honesty and vulnerability in the midst of this time of confusion and doubt. Doubting that we have heard from God correctly certainly gets magnified as we live in our circumstances that would lead us to believe that we didn't get it right after all. Waiting for Him to provide in the midst of our need is another big challenge in living out a life of faith. First of all, please stop being so hard on yourself, although I know it is such an easy default when we think we have 'messed up." Romans 8:1 tells us that there is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. God certainly doesn't want to shame you for your desire to give all you had to Him in faith, and He doesn't want you to think that way about yourself either. You are a treasure of great worth to Him! Offer yourself the same grace he extends to each of His children.

    Surrender the decision that you made to Him--and ask Him to give you His wisdom and guidance moving forward. God will use this situation for good (Romans 8:28) and I pray that you will see the silver lining and that your relationship with Him is strengthened. As for gas for the next two days-----call a friend and ask for a loan until payday. I bet you would want your friend to do the same thing if they found themselves in the same situation, right? It is humbling, yet freeing to ask for help. I pray that the remainder of your summer will be filled with new mercies and blessings from God each week!