Have you ever had a great idea you knew would help, just to have it backfire into a terrible mistake? Trying to help he said he’d clean up but, he forgot to unplug the toaster.
Are you a believer in JESUS and obedient to HIS word yet get in situations where you don’t know what to do? Then this word is for you, as it has been for me time and time again.
Forty-six years ago my situation was very hard and I had no clue what to do. I wanted to rage at my husband, or leave him, or something. Well, one day I was up on a mountain, leaning against a tall pine tree reading my Bible. As I sat under that pine tree, GOD instructed and warned me from Isaiah 50:10-11. As I read those verses, I understood what HE meant for me to do.
“Who is among you who fears (trusts in) the LORD that obeys the voice of HIS servant, that walks in darkness and has no light” (that was me, I trusted the LORD, I was obeying all I knew to do, but I still had no clue how to handle the home situation) “let him trust in the name” (character) “of the LORD and stay (wait) on his GOD.”
“Behold all you who kindle a fire” (make your own plans) “that compass yourselves about with sparks”; (plans) “walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks that you have kindled. This shall you have from MY hand, you will lie down in sorrow” (emphasis added; Isaiah 50:10-11 NASB).
How often have you or I known that GOD says, “Submit to your husband as you do to the LORD HIMSELF” (Ephesians 5:22), at the same time knew doing what your husband said would not fix the problem? So what do we do? Do we obey GOD and do things our husband’s way- trusting GOD and waiting for HIM to act- as GOD in Isaiah 50:10 instructs us? Or do we do things our own way, only to compound the problem?
Things were so hard that time when I was on the mountain, but as I read those words, it was impressed on my heart that GOD was telling me not to try to figure things out, but to simply trust HIM to handle it. Since HE warned that if I tried to control the situation, I would be hurt by it, I knew it would become even harder if I tried something on my own. So I believed GOD and chose to do things HIS way. Which meant I was to not interfere but wait for GOD to act. And GOD did act. First HE worked in my husband’s heart and directed him in the way we needed to go. It wasn’t long before big changes came that solved the problem.
Not every time does GOD work things out that speedily, but through the years, I have learned that when I have no direction, I am to simply trust GOD knows the way and obey HIS word and wait for HIM to act and lead us ahead. Just as the Jews waited for the cloud to move before they journeyed (Exodus 40:36-37), so we must wait for JESUS’ directions before we act. When the light of understanding comes we will know it.
“The Word (JESUS) gave life to everything that was created and HIS life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:4-5 NLT).
If we wait for HIM to bring us light, we will not stumble in the dark. The light the LORD gives will lead us in the way we should go. HE knows all the contingencies- that we don’t- so HIS way is guaranteed. But when we choose to do things our way- what we think best- there is sorrow ahead.
“Your eyes (perspective-how you see things) is a lamp that provides light for your body (it’s what we follow and obey). When your eye is good (you choose to see things from GOD’s perspective -from the light JESUS gives), your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad (you think you know best and feel doing it GOD’s way won’t work and thus reject HIS word), your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is” (Matthew 6:22-23 NLT)!
So choose to believe GOD’s word and follow it. It really does work. I have proved it over and over again. If you don’t know what to do, don’t plan and plot but hand it all to the LORD and ask the LORD for direction. Then wait, trusting HIM to lead you at the right time, in the way you should go.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfector of my faith,