When faced with options in which I have no clue what to do, I often pray, “Lord, just give me a clear yes or a no.” Since God knows best, even though an initial “no” means more waiting, I haven’t wasted time going down a dead end. But, what do we do when no option seems right?
1. Fish in the right pond.
The Bible provides wisdom to protect us from unwise choices. While it won’t specify which business model to use, it tells us to be honest. It doesn’t name the person to marry, but it says, “Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers” (2 Cor. 6:14 NLT) and “Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (2 Tim. 2:22 NLT). We don’t fish for God’s best in a pond He’s marked, “No Fishing.”
2. Practice what you know.
In Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus told a story of two men who experienced the same storm. One came through virtually unscathed. The other suffered great loss. The difference? The first man practiced what he knew. It’s not enough to know what the Bible says; blessed are those who do what it says (James 2:22-25). Is there something you know you should be doing that you’ve neglected—or vice-versa?
But there are times when we’ve implemented the above and still feel baffled. What do we do then? For example:
- Which job offer do I take?
- Do I go on this mission trip?
- Which medical treatment is best for me?
How do we discern God’s will in these types of decisions when there is no clear yes or no?
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV).
We don’t have to know what to do. We need to know whom to follow.
3. Keep your eyes on the Lord.
The God who used a cloud by day and pillar of fire by night to guide the children of Israel through the wilderness still leads us today.
Instead of pillars of cloud and fire, God uses His Word, His Spirit, and our desires.
Psalm 23 says, the Lord “guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalms 23:3 NASB). Our well-being doesn’t rest on our ability to discern the nuances of our options but on making Him Lord over all of our lives. God’s very reputation rests on how well He shepherds us!Our well-being doesn’t rest on our ability to discern the nuances of our options but on making Him Lord over all of our lives. God’s very reputation rests on how well He shepherds us! #guidance, #security Click To Tweet
When I walk with God, He plants longings in my heart that reflect His desires for me (Psalm 37:4). For example, in deciding between two jobs, one may look good on paper, but I’m not drawn to it. Another job has some unknowns, but after exploring and praying, the desire to try it won’t leave.
If I try it and it doesn’t turn out like I hoped, it may provide skills and contacts that take me to another opportunity that hasn’t yet appeared. God may have me there to minister to someone for a time. Our Shepherd holds our hands.
God created us to run on faith, not fear or guilt (James 1:6-8). Decisions birthed from faith in Christ delight Him and produce peace and joy.God created us to run on #faith, not fear or guilt. Decisions birthed from faith in Christ delight Him and produce #peace and joy. Click To Tweet
The next time you don’t know what to do, try approaching God with the joy and confidence of a well-loved child. Bring Him your dilemma and ask Him to lead you. Then trust Him to direct your steps as you go (Psalms 37:23).
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