Bewildered? Confused? Perplexed? Good News.

How many of your prayers contain this phrase, “God, I don’t know what to do?”

A lot of mine do. There are many things in the Christian life that are rock-solid, clearly defined, black-and-white – but let’s face it, there are a lot of important things that aren’t so clear either. How do I lead my family in this situation? Should I confront my friend about his impatience or overlook the offense? What does love look like towards this person? There are times when I frankly have no idea what the right way forward looks like.

How can we pray “God I don’t know what to do…” without succumbing to despair and discouragement? There are numerous ways that the Bible answers that question, but let me give you a very simple one I’ve been thinking about recently.

When I don’t know the way forward, God does. (I told you it was simple.)

Romans 16:27: to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ!”

One way of defining wisdom is to say that it is always choosing the best means to achieve the right goals. Wanting your family to grow in love for God’s Word is a great goal, but try accomplishing that goal by reading the book of Leviticus in its entirety to your four-year old over her Lucky Charms tomorrow morning. Good goal, bad means. But God never has that problem.

God always chooses the best means to reach the best goals. In fact, the entire creation was woven together by this never-confused, never-perplexed wisdom of our only-wise God.

Proverbs 3:19-20: “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;  20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.”

So are you perplexed, confused, or bewildered today? A blog post can’t give you the right answer to every situation you might be facing. But let this be a simple reminder of a profound truth: God does know. Let your prayer today be offered in faith: “God I don’t know what to do, but You do!”

James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

  • Elaine

    Thanks, Josh! James 1:5 is a verse that is used frequently around here. We are a needy people.

    • Josh Blount

      You're welcome! And I love that verse as well. Psalm 25:8 is another great one for guidance: "Good and upright is the LORD; therefore, he instructs sinners in the way." As I heard Piper once say in preaching on this text, "I qualify for this instruction!"

  • Lori

    Thanks Josh, so glad I went back & read this post. My prayers have been very much "I don't know what to do" recently, this was a perfect reminder.

    • Josh Blount

      You're welcome! I'm grateful God used it.