There is nothing like the weather in Georgia. Where else can you experience all four seasons in one week? In the past week we have seen 60-degree days, torrential flooding rain, blooming flowers and the brisk cold of winter mornings. There is no wonder that many of us keep a constant cold or cough. My family and I had the opportunity to spend a few days in our nation’s capital over the holidays. I noticed some of the trees and plants there were in bloom. A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook a couple of weeks ago of the Iris’ in her yard in full bloom.It would seem that everything is in a state of confusion. The plants do not know if it is time to bloom or be dormant. Our bodies do not know whether to fight off a cold or relax. You might even say that the previous year was filled with confusion at home and abroad. Culture seems confused about right and wrong. The nations seem confused about what is true and untrue. So, if it is going to be a new year then we must address the confusion in our lives. Confusion is created when there is an uncertainty about what is true, right, good and helpful. Merriam-Webster defines confusion as “a situation in which people are uncertain about what to do or are unable to understand something clearly. The feeling you have when you do not understand what is happening or what is expected.
A state or situation in which many things are happening in a way that is not controlled or orderly.” Confusion in life can cause you to feel as if you are on a boat that is being tossed around by the waves of the water. How can we anchor our lives so that the confusion evaporates and is replaced with hope and encouragement? Some will try through New Year’s Resolutions. They will join the gym, change their diet, resolve to be more positive and avoid the sources of negativity. While these are noble and good decisions, they will not have the lasting impact that we need to remove the confusion in life. Why? Because all of these are what we call mechanical change. Mechanical change does not last because it becomes wearisome. It depends completely on us and the burden is too great. What can we do, then? Removing confusion requires more than turning over a new leaf. It requires that we have a complete change of heart. The only way for this to happen is to come to God through faith in Jesus. Jesus changes lives. 2Corinthians 5:17 teaches us that through faith in Jesus, “… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Jesus changes us by changing the spiritual condition of our hearts. You cannot run far enough away from the confusion of the past or present to get rid of it. Only Jesus can change a life and replace confusion with clarity. Hebrews 13:8 teaches us that “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.” This means that there is no confusion with Jesus. He does not change depending on the day of the week or the weather of the day. We get to know Jesus through the Bible, which is God’s truth (John 17:17). This means that our lives can be anchored through the storms of life and we can live with confidence in and through all circumstances because of Jesus. My feelings are not substantial enough to negate God’s truth. The best way to have a happy, new year is to know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. You can find more about this important decision by visiting us online at http://centennialbaptist.org/about-us/jesus or on Sunday’s at 10:30am.