Three enemy armies were closing in on Judah, and King Jehoshaphat had called the nation together at Jerusalem to formlate a war plan. He needed plans, a decisive declaration of action. . Jehoshaphat stood before his people and poured his heart out to God in confession, “O Lord God, they come to cast us out of our possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our Lord, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; we do not know what we should do, but our eyes are fixed upon thee” (2 Chronicles 20:11–12). What do you do when you do not know what to do?
Do you go to God in prayer?
When the enemy comes in like a flood, we panic and feel we must do something — make something move or give. We have a need to see things happen, and we feel guilty if we are not constantly proving to God how willing we are to “do anything He requires of us.”
Do you admit your confusion to God? — you say, after all He knows. The real question is do you know that you are confused? Don’t run around looking for people to give you solutions and answers. You must acknowledge you don’t know what to do or where to go first. and only then will you be ready to do it God’s way. Quit looking to others — go yourself to the Lord! Get your eyes on Him and with Jehoshaphat, cry aloud, “My eyes are fixed on you!”
Are you afraid of your confusion? You aren’t the only one up against the wall. God specializes in “hopeless” cases. God takes over when we give up trying to work it all out ourselves. We must commit our problems and lives over to the Lord and pray, “God, it’s over our heads. We’ve tried and failed. It looks hopeless — so we’ll just stand in Your presence, looking only to You for help. It’s You, Lord — or nothing. Our eyes will stay fixed on You.”
Is it a financial crisis staring you right in the face? Is it a home situation that tears your spirit apart? Have your children hurt you and brought anguish to you? Are you sick or in pain ? Have you lost a job? Is your future scary and uncertain? Is your marriage in trouble? Has the death of a loved one left you depressed, lonely and empty? Has a divorce left you a rejected failure? Are you overwhelmed? Are you tired of trying and feel at the end of your rope? Have you said to your heart, “I don’t know what to do now!”?
We are living in a time when everything is getting shaky and insecure — and almost everybody is hurting in one way or another. The future is anybody’s guess. The business world , psychologists and psychiatrists are baffled by the changing forces affecting people today.Their reasons all contradict each other.
Is it confusing for Christians nowaday? “Look into the Bible yourself — find the answer.” But the Bible doesn’t always specify — “This you must do!” There is not always a direct answer for your specific problem. At times, unless the Spirit gives you a special revelation, you can get confused by verses that seem, on the surface, to be contradictory. At one place you read, “Sell all you have and give to the poor.” Then you read, “If a man neglect his own house, he is worse than an infidel and has denied the faith.” If you sold all and gave it away to the poor, how could you have any left to provide well for your own?
Why the confusion? simply because men today are still in darkness about so many things. We all eventually reach a place like King Jehoshaphat did. The enemy comes against us all. Do you put on a brave front, as though you have no fears, no questions, no problems, but you are inwardly fighting the worst battles? So admit your confusion to God.
Against the natural inclination to immediately jump into possible solutions, you need to wait on the Lord. You don’t just fold your hands — sitting around at ease — letting God do it all! We do know He is Lord of all, and we know that even if the world breaks in two — if it all falls apart — He is a Rock of certainty. Our eyes are fixed on a risen Lord. If we do not know what to do, our faith assures us He knows what to do.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, pictured the Christian like someone trying to cross a sea of floating pieces of ice. This Christian cannot rest anywhere while crossing, except in his faith that God will see him through. He cannot stand anywhere too long, or otherwise he sinks. After having taken a step, he must watch out for the next. Beneath him is the abyss and before him is uncertainty — but always ahead is the Lord — firm and sure! He doesn’t see the land yet, but it is there — a promise in his heart. So the Christian traveler keeps his eyes fixed upon his final place!
Sure it’s a wilderness; yes, there are snakes, dry water holes, valleys of tears, enemy armies, hot sands, drought, impassable mountains as the children of Israel faced. Let us remember the times they stood still for His salvation and He spread a table in that wilderness — rained manna from above — destroyed enemy armies by His power alone — brought water out of rocks — took the poison out of the snakebites — led them by pillar and cloud — gave them milk and honey — and brought them into the promised land with a high and mighty hand. And God warned them to tell every following generation: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord.”
Stop searching! Stop looking in the wrong direction for help. Get alone with Jesus in a secret place; tell Him all about your confusion. Tell Him you have no other place to go. Tell Him you trust Him alone to see you through. You will be tempted to take matters into your own hand. You will want to figure things out on your own. You will wonder if God is working at all — there will be no sign of things changing. Your faith will be tested to the limit. But nothing else works anyhow — there is nothing to lose. Peter summed it all up — “To whom shall we go, for thou hast the words of eternal life?” (John 6:68).
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2).
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: For I am God, and there is none else” (Isaiah 45:22).
“Ye that seek the Lord: Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn…” (Isaiah 51:1).
“Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me”(Micah 7:7).
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord” (Psalm 112:7).
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God”(Isaiah 50:10).
The truth is that you have less control over the outcome of any problem than you think. You can undoubtedly influence it, but you can’t control it. Besides, before you ever get to the final destination, many of the variables will change. Circumstances and deals have a way of unfolding over time. There will be problems—and resources—you can’t see now. Since worrying about the outcome is unproductive, try to think about the next actions that will move the project forward. This is far more accessible than something in the distant future. But you cannot do it on you own, you need the Lord. It seems something is better than nothing. Too often, we think that we have to have clarity about how it will all turn out. You rarely have this. But, as you move toward the destination, making course corrections as necessary, you experience clarity. Do not be paralyzed by fear. Therefore, it is important to get off the sidelines and into the game with the Lord.
So if you feel overwhelmed and don’t know what course to take, just do the next right thing with wisdom and prayer.
In the face of an unknown future, entrepreneurs act. They deal with uncertainty not by trying to analyze it, or planning for every contingency, or predicting what the outcomes will be. Instead, they act, learn from what they find, and act again.
Act. Learn. Build. Repeat. This is how successful serial entrepreneurs conquer uncertainty. What works for them will work for all of us only with the Lord in the picture.
Faith Child you cannot go it alone. With prayer, be confident in Him and walk in His way.
When I don’t know what to do – I will surrender to His faithful hand. Amen.