If you’re like me it can be scary at times trying to work out what to do. There are times when we are at the cross roads, facing some difficult decisions and we’re not sure which way to go. Do we marry or not not? Do we quit or not? Do we move house or not? Do we close up something or keep going in the hope that things will get better? Sometimes we just don’t know what to do. Is it any wonder many of us are chronic procrastinators wishing there was someone who could just tell us what to do.
Of course there are lots of people who are ready to tell us what to do. But therein lies the problem. Where one person tells us to do one thing another person tells us to do something very different, if not the opposite. Ugggh!!! So we are back to square one asking the same question “What do I do?”
What makes it all the more difficult is that we really can’t tell which is the right decision. Ecclesiastes 9:1, 11,12 reminds us that we can never know whether blessing or tragedy awaits us. Even despite the best preparation the future is always a mystery. We just don’t know. So what do we do? Here are a few thoughts,
a. Be Wise. In other words think through the issues carefully. Do your research. Ask for advice. get a second opinion and a third. That’s enough. Then think!! Think!! Think!. However, that being said, it this is still never enough as experience proves. What else is needed? This leads to my second point. …
b. Trust God: While wisdom and thinking is important it has it’s limitations. All our planning and preparation can never guarantee a good result. Sometimes it does but in many cases it does not. Why? Because life is not like that. While it is not chaotic (God is in charge and therefore cannot be chaotic) but it is definitely unpredictable. A lot of us know this in our minds but often this is nothing more than paying lip service. So when the hard times suddenly hits us from no where we are shocked in disbelief and ask “Where did that come from?” That is a silly question, Life is like this. If we truly truly believe life is unpredictable despite our best efforts then we shouldn’t be shocked. So life is unpredictable!
But it also needs to be said that life, for the true followers of the Lord Jesus life, is and ALWAYS ALWAYS will be in our favour. This doesn’t mean that life will be easy and sweet and that I’ll never loose my job or get a cold. Not so!. It simply means that whatever happens to us, good or bad, it will always be for our ultimate good.
How can this be? Because it was in the death of Jesus that all God’s anger was fully dissipated on the fragile body of His one and only Son, the Lord Jesus. And since God’s anger against us was fully poured out on his Son, then only love and blessings will follow his people all the days of his life. Romans 8:28,29 reminds us that in ALL things (in the good days and the bad days, when the sun is shining and when the day is stormy) God is working for our ultimate good. This ultimate good is to transform us into better people. Indeed it is to transform us into the likeness of His son.
This should give us great confidence in making decisions because the good that God is doing in our lives is not dependent on the rightness of our decision. God forbid! It is dependent on the wisdom, the power and the sure love of God for us in Christ Jesus.
So given this what then should we do? It’s obvious isn’t it.
c. Make a decisions. In other words, stop procrastinating and for heaven’s sake make a decision.”But we still don’t know what to do?” Make a decision!!! Nothing more and nothing less. Just do something!!! It is as simple as that. DO SOMETHING! MAKE A DECISION. “But I’m still not sure!” Well that’s life. We will never ever be sure. We can never ever be sure. Sure there are some decisions where it is clear what should be done. There are also decisions where it really doesn’t matter. But there are issues which are really really big and we are fearful of making the wrong decision. This is why, after all the talking, thinking and researching we need to entrust the future into the hands of a God who is on our side because of the death of the Lord Jesus. So making in many cases, making a decision is not about having all the answers but recognising that we don’t have all the answers but are prepared to move forward in trust and confidence.
But what if the decision is wrong?
OK it’s wrong! Learn from it. Get over it and remember Jesus died for you.
What if things go horribly wrong?
OK. Trust God and remember Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for us
In short after all has been said and done, for heaven’s sake, be courageous, have faith and make a decision.
d. Give thanks. But lastly give thanks. A key character trait of the Christian person is thankfulness. It is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) and it is the constant encouragement of Paul in Philippians 4:4. And remember when Paul wrotes these words it was not from a nice holiday resort in the Bahamas. He was stuck in prison. As well as this there were so called ‘brothers’ who, instead of trying to support him, were trying to make life hard for him (Philippians 1:15-17). However he could rejoice because, despite his situation, he knew there was and is a God who loved him. a Lord Jesus who died for him, the Spirit of God who is transforming him, a hope that has been promised to him and a life that is working in his favour because for those who are in Christ Jesus there is nothing in heaven or hell that can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:38,39