We make hundreds of decisions every day and most of them concern ordinary and everyday events. But what do we do when an important decision needs to be made, and neither choice looks like it’s good.
Some friends of mine had to choose between taking a job in a city where they did not want to live, or continue an exhausting job search.
Last summer, my husband and I were all set to purchase a home in the city where we currently live. At the last minute, the deal could not proceed because of the seller. Because our current apartment was already leased to someone else, we had to move. Our choice became to rent a house or move into an extended stay hotel and keep searching. Neither option was something we wanted after so many months of searching and saving.
The election between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? We’ve all had to face decisions with no good options. (Disclaimer: That was a joke….please don’t email me with your political stance.)
“And now it’s happened: men from Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir have shown up. You didn’t let Israel touch them when we got here at first—we detoured around them and didn’t lay a hand on them. And now they’ve come to kick us out of the country you gave us. O dear God, won’t you take care of them? We’re helpless before this vandal horde ready to attack us. We don’t know what to do; we’re looking to you.” 2 Chronicles 20:10-12 The Message
A very important decision was looming over my head last week and I did not know what to do. I thought God was leading me in a certain direction, but all the doors were closing. It seemed that the only option was to change direction, but that would mean letting go of what I was sure God had promised to do. I prayed and sought wise counsel. I weighed each scenario, but the only outcomes in front me would bring incredibly heartbreaking results. So I threw my hands up and prayed exactly like King Jehoshaphat in the above verse. “God, I don’t know what to do but I’m looking to you.” I must have repeated that phrase 50 times, but it did not change my immediate circumstance. There are times when we do not have any answers, and the only thing to do is admit that to God.
I was finally able to move forward in the decision making process with more confidence. I had faith that God could still step in and change things like He did for Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 20:22-24), or that one day I would be able to understand what He was doing. Romans 11:36 says, “Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.” If everything passes through God, we can look at the tough decisions we face as an opportunity to grow in our faith.