The Last Battle is probably my favorite one of The Chronicles of Narnia. It simultaneously presents the hopelessness of the world we know and the everlasting hope that we have in God.
However, much of the plot explores the problem of confusion in the world. King Tirian had heard that the trees of Lantern Waste were being cut down by Calormenes by the order of the lion. He was immediately awestruck and asked his friend Jewel the unicorn whether or not something this evil could be possible that command of Aslan, and Jewel responds with a line that we have heard in various forms throughout many of the Chronicles, “He’s not a tame lion.”
A bit later after Tirian and Jewel had killed a pair of Calormenes who were driving a Narnian horse cruelly, the guilt ultimately haunted Tirian and he decided that he had better go turn himself into Aslan directly because perhaps it was the case that those Calormenes were simply following orders of the lion. If that was the case, he was willing to answer for his actions.
“’Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?’ said the King. ‘That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.’”
Again, we see this confusion at play. Tirian understood the traditional Narnian conception of Aslan, but all of this seemingly contradictory information was rocking his worldview to the core. He wanted to get to the heart of it and find out the truth. He wanted to go directly to Aslan who was supposedly in Narnia to discover the truth about the one that he had dedicated his life to following.
This is what Christians need to do as well in times of confusion and tragedy. If we return back to the person of Jesus Christ, we can make our decision. Is He the one that we really should be following? So many people use experience tragedy and instantaneously pull away from God and everything they know about Him. That is exactly what we should not do. These are the times when we need to go back and not make rash, emotional decisions.
It is no secret that difficult times can make us question our faith. I actually think that doubt is a pretty normal part of many Christian’s lives at some point. We wonder if we have somehow misunderstood the Word of God and perhaps God is not everything that we believe He is. In order to find out who God is though, we need to get back into the Word. Just as we use a dictionary to figure out words that we don’t understand, and we can use the Bible to learn about the things of God we don’t understand.
We shouldn’t run away from things that we don’t quite understand, but we should be willing to find out the truth.
 CS Lewis, “The Last Battle” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Location 14391, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 14445-14447.