Saturday, January 12, 2013

What Do You Do When You Don't Know What To Do?

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Proverbs 3:5, 6 (NKJV)

At one time or another everyone has had the experience of not knowing what to do.  There are several times I can think of where I was at a loss for what to do next, I needed some direction but did not know which way to go.  Not knowing what to do can be very frustrating but how we deal with these situations can mean the difference between coming through to victory or going down deeper into confusion and defeat.  The good news is that there are some keys to successfully coming through these challenging times of not knowing exactly what to do.

First of all we need to be patient; often in this kind of situation we feel pressured to do something but that can be the very reason we are in our current situation!  We need to find God's direction for every area of our life and not just move for the sake of moving.  Secondly, we need to listen and find out exactly what to do so we don't do something that just creates a bigger problem.  Instead of panicking and getting frustrated, get quiet and spend some time with God to see what He has to say about what is happening. Thirdly, we should take a look around and see what we can learn in our current situation.  Why did we get into this?  What can we do in the future so we don't end up here again?

It is good to remember that everyone deals with these situations.  It is also good to realize that God is ready and willing to help us with whatever we may be facing, even if we are the reason the problem developed.  If we put our trust in God and seek His wisdom then no matter what situation we are in He will help us take the right step, in the right direction, at the right time.  Don't just try to figure everything out on your own, look to God and the guidance He will give through His Word and the Holy Spirit; this is the best thing to do when you don't know what to do.

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