Thursday: 2nd May, 2019

Reference: Psalm 34

Psalm 34:19 Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous, But God rescues him from them all.

Messi may have been described as a lot of things: magical, mercurial, phenomenal and unplayable; but the word ‘perplexing’ could rightly be added to that evolving list of adjectives. Last night, in the 82nd minute of action, the football World doffed their hats and stood in awe as it witnessed a magical moment at the Camp Nou in Barcelona (No more spoilers, sorry). It was one of those moments one would be happy to say ‘I actually saw that happen’.

Over the past 24 hours, that word ‘PERPLEX’, seems to have made multiple appearances in the scriptural texts I have read’. By definition, this word hangs onto one end of the ‘surprise spectrum’ as a more intense form of it. Many dictionaries use the description ‘completely baffled or mentally confused’ because one finds it difficult to understand something or solve an issue’ in a bid to define it.

In our text today, the Psalmist mentions ‘perplexing circumstances’ – these my dear, are the situations that are difficult to wrap our heads around. They are the mysteries and puzzles about life that leave us confused and bereft of ideas because we cannot make sense out of them. At times, nothing seems to fit right, nothing seems to work right and no plan appears to be practical. Regardless, we face them.

In situations like these, Saint Paul writes that while we may be PERPLEXED, we do not lose hope (2 Cor. 4:8) because a rescue from them ALL, is guaranteed. Situations may be perplexing for you, but not for God. Even in the midst of turbulence, dark clouds and storms, his vision and plans for you remain undistorted. So rest assured that there is a way out of whatever situation you are going through. Only keep your hands in God’s, and be led.


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