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

Matthew 7:7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Ask—it will be given

Seek—you will find

Knock—the door will be opened

These promises are from God, and they speak of blessing, discovery, & revelation. Promises like these are a feast to starving souls, yet so often we settle for far less than could be given, found or opened to us through Christ. In trying to diagnose our inadequacy we often mistakenly think that the solution is found in asking more earnestly, seeking more fervently, or knocking harder. However the real problem is more likely revealed in our misunderstanding of one of the following verses. Matthew 7:11 says “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Do we really believe the “how much more” part of this passage? If we did believe that God was ‘much more’ loving, gracious, wise, etc. wouldn’t that impact our asking, seeking and knocking? Asking, seeking and knocking are only effective as we trust that our Father knows best, does best, and is the best!

Confession: I don’t know what to do!

Decision: I will trust that God knows what to do, is able to do it, and I will pray for His wisdom to guide us!

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11 thoughts on “What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

  1. Aaron, you guys have demonstrated amazing faith thus far in this journey. Your family has been an inspriation to us and I’m sure to everyone else who has been watching. I have no doubt that God will reveal to you the correct path, and I know that whereever that path takes you, that you will glorify His name. We are privileged to be able to partner with you during this season.

  2. “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)

    Praying you find peace about your decision.

    Love to you all…
    Vickie & Bruce

  3. You can trust Him! I often tell the Lord “You don’t have to tell me what to do, but stop me if I am making the wrong decision.” He will be faithful to do just that. Not always early on…but He’s never late!
    His Word is the light unto your path & you will know what path is the right path. You will have His peace! He loves you all & He is faithful!!!

  4. I found your beautiful daughters blog when I was searching for a Bible verse one day online.I was led to your page and have since become a faithful reader! I am captivated by your families commitment to the Lord above all else, and am humbled by you and Aaron’s continually seeking attitude. I pray frequently for the lives of Will and Olivia and their role in this amazing story, that they too would feel a sense of being used for God’s glory! Thank all 5 of you for the overwhelming reminder that there is a world of hurt and pain I don’t live every day, but can be in prayer for. Thanks for including everyone in this journey and reminding us that even in the worst times, there is much to be thankful for!

    I am currently a missionary teaching in S. Korea. I frequently show my students the CaringBridge blog and we anticipate the updates. As the stomach flu is going around school, one of the second graders returned to school and stated during prayer time that she was thankful her tummy got better and that she didn’t have to throw up all the time like Kate does when she is sick from the medicine! I thought it was such a precious correlation and a testament to your daughters strength! I have always had a passion for teaching and nursing and reading your daughter’s blog has rekindled my desire to pursue my ultimate calling to move into teaching as a hospital educator on the pediatric wards of a hospital.

    This morning as I was praying for your daughter, I glanced down in my devotional written by Joyce Meyer and found the words “Moses was a man of prayer. He spent a great deal of time fellowshipping with and talking to God. He knew that if God did not help him, he would fail miserably. Because of Moses’ faithfulness to seek God , he was given an assuring message:…and the Lord said, My presence will be with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14) That rest is coming to your family!

    Many Blessings!

    • Great question Jeni! I think that prayer linked with Scripture is the most important thing. God never speaks contrary to His word and His word is always useful for direction and wisdom. Although, the Bible doesn’t address all of our specific questions it does provide us with guiding principles to follow, and through prayer God promises to reveal to us at least the next step to take. Currently for us this is the most important and then followed closely by seeking wise counsel. We are asking experts in the medical field for their advice, as well, we are seeking wisdom from close friends, family and spiritually mature counselors to keep us covered in prayer and on the right track. This is not always easy, but it is a process that God assures us that if we continue to walk, He will establish our steps!

  5. Wait upon the Lord.

    What would God want for is child of His that you are caring for? Kate is continually in the Lord’s hands.

  6. I just read this from my Daily Light for today:

    “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

    “When my heart is faint . . . lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

    “O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety!—Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you.

    “I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.”—If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God . . . and it will be given him.

    “Who is sufficient for these things?—For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.—“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

    “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven. . . . Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.”

    “My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food . . . when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night.”

    Ps. 94:19; Ps. 61:2; Isa. 38:14; Ps. 55:22; 1 Kings 3:7; Jas. 1:5; 2 Cor. 2:16; Rom. 7:18; 2 Cor. 12:9; Matt. 9:2, 22; Ps. 63:5, 6

    Praying for your whole family.

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