4 Simple Tips, When You Don’t Know What to Do

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!

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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.

4. Trust

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.

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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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  1. Ann Musico

    As always, such great wisdom here. Thank you, Debbie, for always making it so clear and simple to follow His Word.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Ann. I always learn so much from your blog.

  2. Melissa Henderson

    Thank you for this encouragement. I am trusting God. I am running on #faith, not fear or guilt. Amen. 🙂

    • Debbie Wilson

      Awesome, Melissa! I love that declaration of faith and trust.

  3. J.D. Wininger

    Great post, and wonderful counsel here Ms. Debbie. Seldom do I ever get a “Yes” or “No” from God, but I get a lot of “Search my Word” and “Search your heart for my Word” from Him. Often times, He’ll guide me to what His word had already told me, but not yet taught me perhaps. It is by faith that we can take the next step. Part of my faith is knowing that He is with me, and should I step off the path He’s laid out for me, He’ll help me to find my way back. God’s blessings ma’am.

    • Debbie Wilson

      J.D., knowing He is always with us is a great comfort and delivers us from fear. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Ellen Stevens

    Beautifully written Debbie! In this corona virus season of so many unknowns, I have struggled with what do I do, how do I respond, and battled fear at the hospital working as a nurse. So many struggling everywhere with financial, health, and spiritual issues! I have been looking for His wisdom and you have fed me this morning! Grateful for the guidance from the scriptures from your blog as you have counseled us well. “Fish in the right pond!”. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12. He will guide me daily on what to do! He will guide us all thru this wilderness in our families, our country and our nation. I will bring to Him each dilemma and ask Him to direct my steps and TRUST HIM as a well loved child.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ellen, it is overwhelming with all the loud voices that want to tell us how to live. Jesus says come to me, and I will give you rest! Thank you for your work. I know He will lead you!

  5. ~ linda

    Fine foursome…I especially like the first cuz it makes me smile. Yes, we do need to fish in the “right” pond.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Linda. Glad it made you smile. 🙂

  6. Connie Wohlford

    This is so good. Its practical and can be life-changing for many people.
    I shared it twice in Twitter.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Connie! God bless!

  7. Lois Flowers

    “Fish in the right pond.” That phrase is going to remain with me, Debbie. I also appreciate your thoughts about how God directs our desires as we trust in Him. So comforting!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Lois! Blessings to you.

  8. Laurie

    Debbie, you have summed up (almost) everything I believe about prayer in 5 words: “fish in the right pond”. Love it!

    • Debbie Wilson

      That’s awesome! Thanks, Laurie.

  9. Josie Siler

    Wonderful post! I loved this line, “We don’t fish for God’s best in a pond He’s marked, ‘No Fishing.’”

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Josie. Blessings!

  10. Debby Thompson

    What a marvelous presentation of these glorious verses woven together.

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