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?