Uncertainty. Pain. Loss. Health problems. Unfair treatment. Relationship issues. Confusion. Whatever tries to destroy my peace and threatens my wellbeing…that may be my scenario. I don’t know what to do, because I have to make a choice….
- I can fuss, cry, whine, complain, despair, blame someone (even God!) for the situation I’m living, and even beg God to make it go away. I can wallow in my misery and become bitter.
- I can try to work things out on my own. That never works. I just get stressed because I can’t change the situation. On top of everything else, discouragement will take root as I experience failure.
- I can choose to ask God to change me, by renewing my mind. Now THAT’S the option that works! Romans 12:2 tells me to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I renew my mind by reading God’s word and thanking Him for the following:
God will give me strength! Psalm 31:24 tells me: “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart”.
Jesus is with me, even when I feel alone! Jesus promised “I am with you always, even to the end” (Matthew 28:20)
God is always good! Psalm 52:1 reminds me that “The goodness of God endures continually.”
This situation will not last forever! Psalm 30:5 promises me that “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
God’s mercy sustains me! The Psalmist wrote: “If I say, ‘My foot slips,’ Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.” (Psalm 94:18)
God sets the limits! I can be assured of that when I read 1st Corinthians 10:13: “All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” (The Message)
There’s a beautiful song titled “When I Don’t Know What To Do” by Tommy Walker that you can hear on www.youtube.com. Charles Billingsly does a good version of it, as do others. Please take the time to look it up and listen to it. It will help you renew your mind. Here are the lyrics:
Lord I surrender all
To Your strong and faithful hand
In everything I will give thanks to You
I’ll just trust Your perfect plan
When I don’t know what to do I’ll lift my hands.
When I don’t know what to say I’ll speak Your praise.
When I don’t know where to go I’ll run to Your throne.
When I don’t know what to think I’ll stand on Your truth.
When I don’t know what to do…