Yours for the Asking
“I just don’t know what to do.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard those words during my counseling sessions. Many of us have been (or currently are) in situations where we did not know what to do because we were confused, overwhelmed, frustrated or just felt trapped by circumstances. How can we know what to do in such times?
In the middle of numbers and names of warriors who had chosen to join David’s camp to help him become Israel’s next king, we find these words, “From Issachar there were 200 leaders and all their relatives at their command—they understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” (1 Chronicles 12:32, NET). These men not only understood the desperate times they were living in, they also knew exactly how to respond to their circumstances. Wouldn’t you want this to be true of you? This is so important that Jesus rebuked the people of His day for their failure to discern the times they were living in (see Luke 12:56) and as a result they didn’t do what they ought to have done. Discerning the times we are living in equips us to respond wisely.
How can I understand my current situation so that I know what to do? you may ask. I have some good news: God wants to help you. “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5, NLT) The wisdom to understand your times and know what to do and the power to do it are all gifts God wants to give you. They are yours for the asking.
Why not make James 1:5 your daily prayer and see God help you respond (instead of reacting) to your relationships and circumstances wisely?