I want to thank my friend Tiger McLuen for running this verse through my mind this past weekend. He was in our church to talk about Youth Ministry and he brought up a little tiny chunk of Acts that might just be the verse I need to be focused on right now.
Sometimes I feel like I can’t get a handle on what is really going on. I feel perplexed, confused, ill equipped, and sometimes even inadequate to ever really be able to understand the work I do, the situations I find myself in or the mystery of what’s coming in the future.
I hold those feelings up against my desire to trust fully in God and in His will and I feel like I am falling short in the faith department. If I am truly convinced that God has a fantastic plan (see Jeremiah 29:11) then why does confusion and a feeling as if it is all spinning madly out of control ever enter into my heart? It must be a crisis of faith right?
But wait… not so fast… Let’s take a look at this verse from the earliest days of the church…
Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Amazed and perplexed… Yeah, I feel like that… sometimes several times a day.
The folks in Acts were feeling that way immediately after witnessing the Holy Spirit descend upon the apostles complete with fire and smoke and speaking in tongues. You know the story. This act of God must have been amazing in a way that we who were not there can’t even understand. It is amazing just to read about it. Imagine seeing it, smelling it, feeling it.
— adj causing wonder or astonishment: amazing feats
Amazed, and perplexed… They went together in this text just as they go together in our lives.
Perplexed–verb (used with object)1.to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.2.to make complicated or confused, as a matter or question.3.to hamper with complications, confusion, or uncertainty.
they asked one another, “what does this mean?”