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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO...

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?

Life is hard. The older I get the more I understand that.

There are times in our lives when things happen but in all reality, it is our own fault. However, we have all had or will have experiences in our lives when things happen (not of our own doing) and we feel like we don’t know what to do.

 You know what times that I’m talking about:

  • When you are making changes in your life for good and for God, and something blind sides you.
  • When you have devoted your life to pleasing the Lord, and something happens to you that you have nothing to do with.
  • When you are truly living a life of obedience to the Lord, and something happens that makes no sense as to why it happens.
  • When you are faithful to church, Soulwinning, and your devotions, yet one of your closest friends makes a decision that makes no sense to you, yet strains your friendship.

 The Israelites were in a situation very similar to this. They had done exactly what the Lord had led them to do through Moses. Yet now, it seemed that their doom was inevitable.

 Exodus 14:8 – 12 “And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.”

The Israelites were in a situation where they had done exactly what they were told to do, but it appeared there was no hope, no way out. What do you do when these types of things happen?

 WHAT SHOULD WE DO WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?

 1. EVALUATE

  • Evaluate the problem
    • Is it something that I caused?
      • If it is something that we caused, then go back and fix it or attempt to repair the damage if possible.
    • Is it something beyond my control?
      • If it is something beyond your control, there is nothing that you can do about it.
2. DELEGATE 
  • Delegate the problem or trial to God
  • When the Israelites were in the “evaluation mode,” Moses told them to stand still, fear not and basically to delegate this trial to God!

Exodus 14:13, 14 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

  • In plain speech, Moses told them to trust God.
  • Give it to the Lord.

I Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

Psalm 56:3 “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee.”

Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Everyone has to do this. This is not just something that “weak” Christians struggle with. Moses himself evidently struggled with trusting the Lord in this very instance.

Look at Exodus 14:13 - 15:

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

15 And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”

Somewhere between verses 14 & 15, evidently Moses went to God and expressed a bit of concern! Don’t feel like you are an inferior Christian if you have trouble trusting God when you don’t know what to do!

3. PERPETUATE 

  • Perpetuate – continue 

After having some trust issues with God and being assured by their Godly authorities that they needed to trust God, the Israelites continued! 

Exodus 14:22, “And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.” 

They could have disregarded everything they had been told and taught. They could have gone back to Egypt. They could have surrendered to the Egyptian army. But they didn’t. They continued! They followed God even though it still made no sense what was happening. They had no idea what was going to happen as they walked through the Red Sea on dry ground.  Humanly speaking, they had no “promise” that they would make it through. I’m sure it worried them when they looked back and saw that the Egyptian army had entered the Red Sea after them! Just because you continue does not automatically erase the trial! The Israelites continued but it appeared there was going to be another problem on the other side of the Sea!

Definition of Perpetuate

  • 1828 Dictionary – to continue by repetition without limitation

 What do we do when we don’t know what to do?

  1. Evaluate (the trial)
  2. Delegate (it to the Lord)
  3. Perpetuate (continue)
  • Continue what you know is right
    • Church attendance (even if the only way is online)
    • Personal devotions
    • Soulwinning (be a witness in every way possible)
    • Being the right kind of spouse
    • Being the right kind of parent
    • Being the right kind of child

 Moses continued in the face of uncertainty.

 Noah continued in spite of the world’s ridicule and lack of converts.

 Gideon continued in spite of his army being dwindled down by God.

 David continued in spite of the giant in his life.

 Daniel continued praying although it was now punishable unto death.

 Jesus Himself asked God, “if it be possible, let this cup pass from me,” yet He continued to the cross.

 Continue by repetition.

  • Don’t let the trial break your habits of commitment to the Lord and to His service. Daniel didn’t (only bow to the golden image)

 Continue by repetition without limitation (PERPETUATE!)

  • Don’t slack off
  • Don’t back off
  • Full throttle for the Lord!

 “To learn strong faith is to endure great trials” – George Mueller

4. ANTICIPATE

 Anticipate finding out what God is going to do through all of this. It may be years before you know, but you can never ANTICIPATE until you first EVALUATE, DELEGATE, & PERPETUATE!

Moses told the Children of Israel to anticipate: 

Exodus 14:13, 14 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

The Israelites had the advantage of knowing in advance what was going to happen. We don’t always have that advantage. But we do know that we serve a loving God. We do know that we serve a God who allows things to happen for a purpose!

Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

 You can choose to continue and focus on the trial, or you can choose to continue and focus on trying to see how God is using this for good in your life or in the life of others.

 We should choose to anticipate God’s reasoning by being Romans 8:28 Christians!

 WHAT TO DO WHEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO?

  1. EVALUATE (THE TRIAL)
  2. DELEGATE (THE TRIAL TO GOD; ALLOW HIM TO HAVE CONTROL)
  3. PERPETUATE (CONTINUE BY REPETITION WITHOUT LIMITATION)
  4. ANTICIPATE (HOW GOD IS GOING TO USE THE TRIAL)