When You Don't Know What to Do, Listen

July 21, 2017

We often come to moments in life when we don't quite know what to do. I am speaking about all of those times when we don't know what decision to make, what words to say, or what we should even feel emotionally.

 

This is one of the toughest and most challenging situations that we could find ourselves in, but not knowing what to do is almost an inevitability in this life. So what do you do when you don't know what to do?

 

The answer is simple—listen.

 

I am speaking of listening to the Word of the Lord. This is part of that whole "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" thing that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:33. The Kingdom of God is His reign and rule over our lives. To seek it as the priority calls upon us to listen to what it is that He would have us to do.

 

In Mark 9:2-8, Jesus took three of His disciples (Peter, James, and John) up to a high mountain. Upon that mountain, the glory of Jesus was put on vivid display as He was transfigured before His three disciples. As Jesus was in this brilliant state, He miraculously spoke with Moses and Elijah. Peter was suddenly filled with a "need" to do something and he blurted out an inward desire to build three holy tents for each of the figures he saw. The text gives us the reason he spoke these words. It says, "For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified."

 

Fear and shock made him say something, even though he really didn't know what to do. I don’t know about you, but I understand Peter. He saw the glory of the Lord and just felt something needed to be done, but he didn't quite know what to do. Then his mouth started moving, without really knowing what in the world he was talking about.

 

But something needed to be done, right? But what? No one knew.

 

Then came the solution that all of us, including Peter, could use to know what to do. The text tells us that a cloud overshadowed them and a voice came out of this cloud saying, "This is My beloved Son, listen to Him."

 

There it is right there. When you don't know what to do, just listen to the Son.

 

Thankfully there is a way to do just that, but we must challenge ourselves to delve into the Word. The more we do, the more we will find the answers to what to do, when we don't know what to do.

 

The next time you have a major decision to make and you find yourself stuck—just listen. When you have been given some bad news and you don’t know what step to take—just listen. When you have a belief that it is time to move into a new direction, professionally or relationally—just listen.

 

Seeking His way is always the best way.

 

 

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