One characteristic of our day is confusion—confusion between nations, within nations, and in individual lives. An affirmation of one day is refuted the next. A position taken by some is rejected by others. A philosophy dear to one group is held up to ridicule by another.

Behind this confusion lie diverse sources of reference. What is good to some is evil to others. What someone regards as vitally important is unimportant to someone else. That which one person considers relevant could hardly be more irrelevant to another.

There is but one way to abolish confusion and to substitute peace and unity, and it is offered by God. As the Apostle Paul affirms, “God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Cor. 14:33a).

The God of creation and redemption has a plan for every man, and confusion results when he goes any other way. The obvious cause of the world’s unrest is that so many are outside the will of God. Those who would cure the world’s ills by any means other than through the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all that it implies are therefore adding to the confusion, not lessening it.

I can hear someone saying that little good comes from oversimplifying a problem. True, but it is not an oversimplification to recognize that God has a solution for every problem of mankind. The Creator of the universe, the author of our redemption, the One who can take all the intricate aspects of the lives of every single person who loves him and so operate upon and control them that they work out for good—surely he has not only the answer to the confusion of men and nations but also the power to carry out his holy designs!

In that the world system is at variance with God’s most holy purposes it is like a dislocated joint. There is pain, distress, and ...

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