Summary: God does not sustain what He has not ordained so all the lack of intimacy with God is a symptom of confusion.
There is a powerful spirit known as the spirit of confusion, and because it is sometimes neglected and nobody prays seriously against it, gives room to have many confused women and men in the market square of life. Some just find themselves in the world, with no good idea of what they come to do. Some are as if they were under a spell, or hypnotized by some strange powers. Some are as if they entered into the mouth of lions, and when you say, “Lions are on the way, come back” they keep going.
The first question you may want to ask is: What is confusion? Confusion is disorder, chaos, purposeless action, etc. When you look at order, it is a designated pattern determined by purpose. That is, this thing must go in this order and that is the purpose it has to serve. Anything against order is confusion.
A woman brought a man to me and said, “Man of God, I want to marry this man.” I said, “What did God tell you?” She said, God did not tell me anything. I just want to marry the man because I love him.” I said, “What do you like about him?” She said, “Man of God, I like the shape of his nose.” I said, “Is that why you want to marry him?” She said, “Yes,” and I said, “You need to go and pray.” She said that she had prayed. Then I turned to the man and said, “Sir, is she your first woman?” He said, “She will be No. 5.” I said, “Did you hear what he just said?” She said, “Yes, I will be good No. 5.” I said, “Mr. Man, what happened to your first wife?” He said, “She died.” What of Nos. 2, 3 and 4?” I asked. He said, “They died.” I turned to the sister again and said, “Did you hear what he said?” She said, “Okay, sir, I will go and pray.” That was what we call confusion. Women need to pray more than men because this spirit of confusion is more common with them.
Let us see a man in the Bible who started his life on a very good note but ended in confusion.
Genesis Chapter 48, verse 13 says, “And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him."
It is said that there is more blessing on the right hand than on the left hand. I do not know how they arrived at it. So, Joseph presented his children in order of seniority before Jacob. Manasseh with his right hand on his head and Ephraim, the younger one, with his left hand on his head. But Jacob crossed his hand and put the right hand on the head of Ephraim and the left hand on the head of Manasseh. Verses 17-18 say: “And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said unto his father, not so, my father, for this is the first-born: put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused and said, I know it my son, I know it; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.’"
What a wonderful way for Ephraim to start his life. However, as he entered on his journey of life, the spirit of confusion came upon him and disorder went into his life. He had a prophetic agenda for his life, but he did not pursue it. By the time he got to the later part of his life, as we read in the book of Hosea, his story became a lamentable tragedy.
Hosea chapter 7: 8, “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.” (Problem and confusion had started).
Hosea 4:17: “Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.” God had concluded his agenda and said, “I tried to help this one, but see where he has put himself now. And God said, “Leave him alone.” This was a tragic lamentation. Ephraim had entered into the camp of confusion.
Physical confusion is very bad. A person can be confused and will not know what he is doing. I remember when I was in the university, there was this course they called Physical Chemistry. Many students did not like it at all and the teachers were not helping matters. So, many students did not understand the course which they were expected to pass. One day, a lecturer who did not talk to anybody except the chalk board made the situation worse. You would just read what he was writing but will not hear what he was saying. After he had finished, one boy got so confused and said, “Excuse sir, can I ask a question?” We cannot hear what you are writing and we cannot see what you are saying.” That was physical confusion. But spiritual confusion is worse, and in these last days, the spirit of confusion has been released unto humanity.