What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

 

What do you do when you feel like you don’t know what to do? When you feel like you cannot hear the voice of God? When you do all you know to do to live right before him, knowing that he see all and knows all, even the secret things of you heart.

My Confession

It’s the place I find myself in today as I type these words. I know God has much for me to do and that much is clear, but I just feel like I don’t know what to do or how to do it.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Never do I want to be found in a position by God where I am busy working for him, but it’s not the work he’s called me to do. Things don’t seem to be moving in ministry, business, finances or relationships right now. It sometimes feels like God has abandoned the ship I set sail on with him and I’m drifted in the middle of no where all alone. I’m so far out that there is no shore in sight and the raft is just floating on the water.

Remind Yourself with the Word

when you don't know what to doIt’s like the closer I try to get to him, the further away he goes. But I’m most positive that his word says that if I draw closer to him, then He would draw closer to me if I cleanse my hands and purify my heart. So I question. Is there something I am unaware of that divides my heart between Jesus and the world? If so, Lord reveal it unto me as I desire to live right before you.

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8 NLT

But as I make my confessions daily to God and have poured myself onto him for weeks, I’m not perfect but striving. I know that it is not always sin that causes me to feel like God is not there. Sometimes it’s a test. A test of my faith. A test of my courage. And a test of my determination to stay with God. Can I still believe that even if he doesn’t come through like I want him to, He is still here with me.

How can I teach the word of God, operate in all of the gifts and abilities he’s given me and pray for others when I feel like I’m the one in need of prayer and learning? And how do I feel so empty when I study the word of God daily? I don’t have the answers to any of these questions. But one thing I know and know for sure. Feelings come and go, but my God is with me forever. He promised that he would never leave me nor forsake me. And besides, the teacher is always quietest during the test.

When I have to take a test I am one of those that have test anxiety. I can study, know the material for certain but when the test day arrives I question if I even really know what I’ve learned. And I second guess myself often.

Epiphany Moment

So here I am, it’s test time, the anxiety is ramping up. Things in my life look as though they are falling apart. Finances not dried up but tied up to make them inaccessible, that’s a trick of the enemy. Relationships appear to be one way but I know in my heart it’s not what it appears, it’s just trying to throw me off, the battle is against my mind. Ministry and business not moving forward but is at a complete stand still. It’s a test of my faith in God’s promise to me concerning both. Furthermore, I feel as though I cannot hear God and I don’t know what to do, although I know He’s already given me the instructions I need to follow.

What then do I do?

I will affirm myself in Christ. I will stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. When the enemy comes in like a flood, MY GOD will raise up a standard against him. And what the enemy meant for evil in my life, God is working on my behalf and will turn it around for my good. I will walk in the spirit and not in the flesh allowing what I see in the natural to be bigger than what I know he has already revealed to me in the spirit. He is fighting my battles and I am victorious. In Jesus name!

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