“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”
Did you ever have a season of “What am I supposed to do when I don’t know what to do?” I know that I have had a season or two like that. So what do I do? Certainly prayer is on my priority list. Seeking to hear from God. But this scripture really defines what is at the heart of my prayers. I desire to know the truth of God and what’s in His Word to guide my steps. This is where I must place my trust. But friend, that is sometimes a lot easier said than done.
It has been written, “God is the essence of truth.” God is truth. Truth originates from God. Truth is an aspect of God’s character and it is demonstrated in His faithfulness.
“For the Word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.” (Psalm 33:4 NKJV)
“I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great assembly. Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.” (Psalm 40:10-11 NKJV)
So if I need to know what to do, I need to know the truth. I need to seek the truth. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32 NKJV) But sometimes, well, all the time, seeking the truth takes time. It takes effort even if that effort involves waiting. The best thing to do when you don’t know what to do…is wait.
“But, but, but. You don’t understand. If I don’t do something it will get worse?” Have you ever said this or even thought this. I have. That’s us trying to take control. Let’s think about this. If we don’t know what to do next, why try something just to try something. There is little if any success in that. Waiting is not a character trait that is taught necessarily or nurtured in our 21st century. We are a people of instant gratification. Waiting is not instant. But God’s Word says, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)
I just know that right now no matter how much I feel I need to know what to do right now, waiting is even more important. Optimism is defined as the ability to face the future with confidence. For believers, this is possible because of their knowledge of God. Confidence in what God can do. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7 (NKJV) My waiting is strengthened by my optimism and confidence in the ability of Almighty God to see me through. God has proven this to me over and over and over again. God’s guidance is promised to those who genuinely desire it and seek it. Guidance is given to the humble and patient. And guidance is given to those willing to obey God.
Waiting on God means being prepared to patiently look towards God for his guidance and accepting the timing He proposes. Waiting on God can lead us into an atmosphere of expectation and confidence in God. So just because, “I don’t’ know what am I supposed to do” doesn’t mean God doesn’t know. I just need to wait and listen.
Heavenly Lord, thank You for being patient with me. Thank You for understanding that I sometimes find it hard to wait. I know that by waiting I’ll be renewed. By waiting, I allow You to work in my situation. By waiting, I am changed, restored, and set free. Help me Lord to wait. Open my heart, my eyes, and my ears to clearly understand what I am to do. I will be patient and obedient to what You desire. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!