What do you do when you don’t know what to do? You ask God. That may sound trite or too simple. But the reality is that He always knows what to do and we rarely do.
So the first thing you do when you have no idea what to do is ask Him and then pause. The pause is the most important part. It’s the moment when you begin to differentiate between God’s voice and your own. It’s the point where you exercise your faith to believe that He really has the answer and it’s the moment when you show Him your willingness to hear it.
But hearing from God isn’t a momentary thing. It isn’t asking a question and then seeing lightning and hearing a voice from the clouds. Hearing from God is a process. Your asking and then pausing just sets the process in motion. And the fact that you don’t usually hear His answer immediately isn’t because he has to think about it. He already knows what He’s going to say before you ask. The asking and pausing is for your benefit not His. It’s to humble yourself in admitting you need help and the opportunity to build your faith.
And if you expect God to lay the entire plan out before you all at once, I’m sorry to tell you, He doesn’t usually work that way. While it is certain that God will answer you and give you the direction you seek, you likely will only get a portion of the answer at a time. He may give you just the first step and expect you to act on it before He tells you the next step. This builds your faith but it also protects you from discouragement. It’s much easier to obey one simple direction than it is to remember and then follow a list of instructions. And if you think back over difficult decisions you’ve had to make in the past you may be very thankful that God didn’t reveal the whole plan at once. He knows what we can handle better than we do and He will guide us with gentleness and patience. He is the good shepherd and will care for us because He loves us.
Isaiah 30:21 – Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.
Scholars think that this verse is referring to the practice of shepherds following behind the herd as they walk along, giving direction as it is needed. The shepherd doesn’t tell the herd where they will be by nightfall, he just directs them one step at a time as he sees their needs. That’s what the Father will do for you.
Ask Him for direction, pause to let him know you are listening, and then hear and obey the words He speaks to your heart.
One step at a time.