You don’t know what to do.
A decision calls for your answer.
Doubts surround you.
Nothing makes sense.
You’ve never walked this path before.
What can you do when you don’t know what to do?
If you find yourself in any of these situations, here are four things to do when you don’t know what to do:
W ait on the Lord
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27:14 NKJV)
Waiting is never easy; yet, when we take time to wait on God and for God, He has promised to strengthen us no matter what the circumstances. And when we still the noises and voices around us, we hear His whispers of love and encouragement as we wait.
A sk God for Wisdom and Help
While we wait, God invites us to ask Him for wisdom. He cares about the big and little details of our lives, and He promises to give us that wisdom.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5-6 NIV).
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (I Peter 5:7 NLT).
I nvest Time in God’s Word and in Prayer
Keep focusing on God and reading His Word. Continue to pray daily as you wait on Him. Sometimes your prayer to God may simply be a cry: “Help!” Other times your focus may be on God’s names and attributes as you spend time praising and thanking Him for His answers ahead of time.
When Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah, was surrounded by his enemies, he declared his faith in the one true God and appealed to Him for help (2 Chronicles 20). When he didn’t know what to do, he admitted his helplessness apart from the Lord and kept focusing on Him.
For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:12 NIV)
T rust the One Who Is Faithful Above All Others
The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. (Psalm 145:13 NIV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)
Trust is not passive; it’s active. You are constantly listening, seeking, asking, and praying. And while a wise Christian counselor or friend can also advise you, your complete trust is in the One who will show you the right path to take.
A Personal Prayer When You Don’t Know What to Do
Thank You for Your faithfulness daily. When I don’t know what to do, I will keep my eyes on You. I will keep listening and waiting, because Your way is always best. When I’m tempted to panic or to act without consulting You first, nudge my spirit, Lord. I will take one day at a time, trusting you every step of the way.
Your Word is a light to my path, and You have promised to lead me and never leave me alone. Teach me what you want me to learn throughout this process. Give me assurance and peace in every decision I make. I trust You, because You have never been anything but faithful.
*For additional help, read these blog posts: Four Ways to Wait on God, and Five Questions to Ask When You’re in God’s Waiting Room.
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It’s Your Turn
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