Obedience In Confusion

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” — John 12:3-8

Mary did something extravagant. She took a significant quantity of perfume worth great value (almost a year's wages) and "cashed it all in" on Jesus. The fragrance took over the room. And this act of generosity would be the anointing that Jesus would carry with him to the Cross. But still, no one understood that the Cross was coming at this point—except Jesus.

It is likely that even the author, John, did not fully comprehend the significance of this event at the time. However, with hindsight, he wrote about three important aspects: Mary's divine action, Judas' deceitful heart, and Jesus' sacrificial preparation.

So what does this teach us?

In times of confusion, it is important to maintain faithful and obedient. Although we may not understand certain things in the present confusion, if we remain faithful and obedient, confusion will lift, and clarity will come in time. By persevering through confusion, we will align ourselves with the faithful rather than the unfaithful.

Therefore, if you are currently feeling confused—whether it's about your marriage, finances, future, children, desires, compulsions, or sin—continue to be faithful and obedient. Stay on the path of faithfulness until the confusion lifts and God provides clarity. By doing so, you will be counted among the faithful.


  1. How does the act of Mary anointing Jesus' feet with expensive perfume challenge your understanding of extravagant generosity? In what ways can you apply this concept of extravagant giving in your own life?
  2. Reflect on a time when you faced confusion or uncertainty in your life. How did you respond during that period? Did you maintain faith and obedience, or did you struggle in your faith? How can the example of Mary's obedience and Jesus' sacrificial preparation inspire you to persevere through confusion and trust in God's plan for your life?

DO THIS: Be obedient and faithful.

PRAY THIS: God, in times of confusion, give me the faith to remain obedient and the patience to wait for clarity, trusting in Your perfect plan for my life. Guide me to live a life of extravagant generosity, following the example of Mary, and help me stay faithful to Your call. Amen.

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6 thoughts on “Obedience In Confusion

  1. gonzalo correa says:

    Amen brother Vince, great start to the day with God’s Word and focus on Him.

    Through my personal reading of the Word, messages, sermons, etc. God is looking for us to stay on course with obedience to Him foremost.

    Father God, help me, us, to remain obedient to you and your will despite what the world does or does not; help me stay focus on your will in my life and I pray this for all men in this world called by your Name. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  2. Ezra Hostetler says:

    Thank you for this, I feel like my marriage of 36 years is on shaky ground but this devotional helped me to see I need to keep the faith and hope in Jesus for his plan for us.

    • gonzalo correa says:

      sorry to hear this word from you brother.

      Father in Heaven, I pray clarity, peace, and hope for my brother, your son, Ezra. Bless his marriage and re-unite him with his bride as one. Rend all sin, iniquity, transgression from their hearts and minds and have them come clean before you that they will have room in their heart for You and each other. In Your Name Lord, Jesus, Amen.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my devotional and sharing your thoughts. I’m truly humbled and grateful that it resonated with you during such a challenging time in your marriage. It can be disheartening when we feel like our relationships are on shaky ground, but I’m glad that the devotional reminded you to keep the faith and hope in Jesus.

      Marriages go through seasons of ups and downs, and it’s during those difficult times that our faith can truly sustain us. Trusting in God’s plan for your marriage and leaning on Him for guidance and strength can bring a sense of peace and reassurance.

      Remember that no situation is too hopeless for God to restore and heal. He is always working behind the scenes, even when we cannot see it. Keep praying, seeking wisdom, and loving your spouse with grace and forgiveness. God’s timing and ways may be different from ours, but He is faithful, and His plans are always good.

  3. Tim E says:

    Love this message and reinforces things happen on God’s time not ours. As the old Tom Petty song went, “the waiting is the hardest part.” Despite all the miracles worked in my life I can still have my doubting Thomas moments. Thanks again, great reminder.

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