By: Amy Edmonds
What to do when you don’t know what to do?
Have you ever been in a place in your life where you are trying to make a huge decision and everything God is saying to you is completely confusing? One second, you are confident in what God is saying; then something happens to ruin that confidence. I wish I had the answer of all answers to fix this problem and make all of us confident in what God is saying to us.
I am in a season where everything God is saying to me is COMPLETELY confusing. I am in a place where I need to make decisions about school, my future, and ministry. I am confident in God one day and not confident the very next day. I know and believe that the Lord speaks to me, but this season, things are proving to be difficult.
What do you do when you don’t know what to do?
I have spent many hours in prayer, talking to others, and reading the bible and this is what I have come up with…. Stop asking God to answer your prayers and fix your problems.
Crazy I know. It doesn’t make sense. We are taught our whole lives to ask God for things when we need or want them. We are told to pray without ceasing … to try and try again. But I am convinced that when we feel like God is not revealing himself to us, that he is trying to get us to realize something else.
I am not saying we should stop praying for things all together, but maybe we need to change our heart behind our prayers.
Isaiah 43: 1-7 says:
But now, God’s Message,
the God who made you in the first place, Jacob,
the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place,
it won’t be a dead end—
Because I am God, your personal God,
The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you:
all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me!
That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back,
trade the creation just for you.
5-7 “So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
I’ll round up all your scattered children,
pull them in from east and west.
I’ll send orders north and south:
‘Send them back.
Return my sons from distant lands,
my daughters from faraway places.
I want them back, every last one who bears my name,
every man, woman, and child
Whom I created for my glory,
yes, personally formed and made each one.’”
By this passage alone, we know that God wants us. He would sell the whole world for you. I don’t know about you but I think that is pretty amazing. I believe if he would sell the whole world for me, then he wants to be close to me, he wants to hear my voice, he wants to put things in order in my life. But most importantly, he wants me to hear His voice.
So here is what I believe. I do believe that God wants to answer our prayers, but I think we need to know his heart for our lives first.
It is clear that God wants to pursue us, but are we pursuing Him? Are we being selfish and demanding of God to answer our prayers before we know his heart for our lives?
I know I am. I forget that God is in control. I forget that He holds my life in his hands. I forget that it is all about Him. I forget to pursue His heart just as much as He is pursuing mine. I forget that He wants the best for my life.
Here’s the bottom line: We can’t control how fast or how slow God moves. However, we can control the context of our prayers. We can control how much we pursue his heart for our lives.
So…. are you frustrated with God? Are you frustrated that He is not telling you what to do with your life? I believe He doesn’t want us to sit in frustration because He loves us.
Stop being frustrated. Just pursue his heart. Pursue his character traits. Pursue his timing. He will show up because He loves us. He will sell the whole world for you. Just sit in His love and eventually He will answer your prayers.