Do you ever feel like you have too much on your plate, and you are paralyzed by not knowing which step you should take next – or which direction to go? That’s the place where we are to: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6) Unfortunately for many of us, it’s the place where instead we list out pro’s and con’s, call friends for advice or just forge ahead hoping everything will work out. Later, when we seem to be tossed about by our circumstances we wonder why God allowed this to happen to us. Unfortunately, this is happened WAY too often in my life. If only I had sought the Lord first. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33)
It could be that the many plates you are trying to keep up in the air aren’t where you should be spending your time and efforts. It doesn’t mean that they aren’t good causes, but perhaps the Lord wants you to do something else instead. So when we don’t know what we should do, we need to ask Him. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:5-7) So, what is wisdom? Wisdom is dependence on God for direction in any and all decisions.
If you are trying to decide between one job or another (or any fork in the road), we need to make certain we are asking the right questions to the right person. In worldly wisdom all of the analysis is based on, “What’s the best job for me.” As Christians who are “mature and complete, not lacking anything” our interest should be “what’s in it for God” not “what’s in it for me”! We need to go to the Lord in prayer and read His word. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Ps 119:105)
The challenges of balancing schedules, dealing with demanding personalities, and maintaining relationships and friendships can drive our entire life off course. Like a ship tossed in a storm, we can drift in a strange sea, overcome by uncontrollable waves.
But we do have an anchor–our hope in God. What does an anchor do? It prevents drifting by attaching firmly to the unmoving floor of the sea. God is that seabed, firm and secure, and Jesus is the anchor connecting us to the Father. Our anchor is deep within the seabed of God.
“Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:17-19a) We will have stormy times–but we are held firm and secure by the anchor of hope.
Lord, I cling to You as my anchor. Although I may feel lost at times, I know You are here with me, holding me secure, giving me hope.