What’s Next? Making A Decision When The Answer Is Unclear

Life is not full of easy-bake answers.  In fact, it seems like the answers to the most important questions are the most difficult to come by.  So what do you do while you wait?  The answer might be difficult to hear.

This week I announced I would by leaving my current position as the Executive Director of Ministries for Pine Cove.  Since then, I’ve had many people ask what I would be doing next.  I’ve boiled the answer down into a simple one: I’m not sure.

I had hoped for clear writing on the wall. God has provided it before.  Check out Daniel 5:5 to read about it.  But God that is not the norm, for you or for me.

My good friend pointed out to me what Daniel did in the face of uncertainty.

Think about it.  In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar had dreams.  He wanted to know the meaning of the dreams, so he summoned anyone and everyone that should have been able to interpret them.  But nobody could.  So the King ordered them all to be destroyed.

Sounds like a stressful environment, to say the least.  What gets really crazy is what Daniel ends up doing.  Listen to what Daniel does once he hears of this order from the king:

And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.”  Daniel 2:16

Ok, so that doesn’t sound too unusual, until we keep reading:

Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.” Daniel 2:17-18

So let’s get this straight.  Daniel set a meeting with the king first, and then prayed that God would provide the answer they needed.

Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night.” Daniel 2:19

So first, Daniel sets a meeting with the king.  Second, Daniel prays and asks God to reveal the mystery. Third, the mystery is revealed.

Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.”  Daniel 2:19

So after all that, Daniel thanks God.

As we see with Daniel, sometimes when the answer is unclear or unknown, the best thing to do is to take a step – in faith.  After that, trust God for the results.

Is it time for you to do the same? 

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Comments

  1. Linda Hardin February 10, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Hi there… It’s me from Bluffs week 5 commenting again! I wanted to thank you for sharing this story because I am right there with you. I know that God is moving me in a new direction. I keep hearing from so many places to take a step in FAITH… I also noticed that Daniel went to his community to ask them to pray with and for him. I need to do that as well and then Trust God with the results… Good teaching. Thank you. Linda Hardin

    • Kevin East February 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      You are so welcome, Linda. Glad to know it helps.

  2. Jay February 15, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Kevin, I follow your blog and your ministry at Pine Cove. I wanted to let you know that I’m praying for your transition into only God know what. I am one of the directors at SpringHill Camps, so I know a little of how to pray for Pine Cove, and I have walked my family through a few transitions in the last five years, so I know a little of how to pray for you.

    I’m encouraged by your faith, and I’m excited by your future. Keep up the writing, and enjoy the season. Do what you can, and let God do what you can’t.

    • Kevin East February 15, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Thanks, Jay. I sure love SpringHill. What a great ministry.

      Transition is always tricky. This is no different. I am fixing my mind on Psalm 27:14 daily: “Wait for the Lord; be strong; and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

      We appreciate your prayers.

  3. Tasha February 24, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Thanks for sharing this. You have no idea how timely it was for me. God bless you as you step out in faith and do His will :)