By Karen Polich
We all have those times when we are in a situation and we don’t know what to do. The view is clouded and the waters are murky. Afraid to make the wrong decision, we feel stuck. When those circumstances come along, here are seven things to help you decide what to do.
- Remember who you belong to. You are a child of God. You are loved, cherished and cared for. Your love O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5
- Stop and pray. Before you speak to anyone else about your situation, take it to God. Ask for His wisdom. Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Give it time. When possible, allow time to provide distance that can bring clarity. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7
- Don’t make a major decision after a long day. The days are packed with responsibilities. Decide on major issues when you are fresh. Often a good night’s sleep can lead to a better decision. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
- Keep perspective. Is this situation life changing? Things can sometimes seem bigger than they really are when we are in the heat of the moment. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
- Keep going. What’s the next thing you need to do? Work on that item. Take things one step at a time. Do the next thing, then the next thing after that. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
- If you seek counsel, choose wisely. Surround yourself with godly people who will bring biblical truth into any situation. Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20
We all encounter difficulties. How we handle those difficulties is what matters. Take a deep breath. God is with you and He always knows what to do.