The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
~ Lao Tzu
What do you do when you don’t know what the right thing is to do? Well, whatever your answer, I hope “fast” and “pray” are somewhere in there.
My dad once told me, “When I don’t know what to do, I pray to God, and He gives me the answer every time.” Whatever else you might think of his spirituality, you have to admit that that is faith in action.
There may be times when the answer is still not clear, though. The problem is, you have to do something. A point of time will come where not deciding really is the same as making a decision. You don’t know what the right thing is, so you make a decision and do the next best thing, whatever that may be.
Perhaps the fork in the road really is equal. Perhaps it comes back together on the other side. If you burn no bridges behind you, in some cases, you might be able to backtrack if you find yourself on the wrong path. If you prayed for the right path and then choose a path, do you have the faith that it is the right one for you? Perhaps “right” does not mean smooth, comfortable and with no ruts. Perhaps it is a lesson in how to prepare for other circumstances ahead.
Have you ever considered that there may be times when God isn’t interested in what you do as much as how and why you do it? The Bible says that God tests the heart. “Heart” is a metaphor for the seat of emotions. Are you doing what you are doing from fear? Anger? Resentment? Love? Kindness? Mercy?
God told ancient Israel something rather shocking. He said that He despised “your feasts”. Yet, in Leviticus 23, we clearly see God’s feasts. So, what was He referring to? Amos begins chapter 5 with a lament of all the evil that Israel participates in. Righteousness and judgment were cast aside. The poor are taken advantage of. They may have physically been sacrificing to God, but in their hearts they were devising evil.
Not too long ago, our pastor gave a sermon about “The Next Right Thing”. There was a newspaper column about when you are confronted with something overwhelming, break it down and do the next right thing. He then expanded on that. We must, as Christians, also think the next right thing.
The Christian walk is a little different from a physical journey. Granted, when you are walking, you must place one foot in front of another and in the right direction. However, how you conduct yourself on your walk is just as important as the direction you are going in. Do you stop and help someone along the way? Do you greet fellow travellers and try to encourage them? Do you help others with their load for a while?
Have a major decision in your life? The temptation is to dwell upon the outcome. Perhaps God is more interested in why you will choose a particular path. Perhaps God is more interested in how you will go about the journey, how you will prepar for it and how you will conduct yourself on it. Whatever outcome we might be devising, His view is of a much larger picture that we can only vaguely see.