What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

I plopped on the bed in utter defeat next to my husband who had his head in a book.  It wasn’t long before tears quietly poured from my eyes as I told him how I longed to be obedient to God but I felt so lost.  I didn’t know what to do, it felt like, in every area of my life.

His words felt familiar to me.  “Babe remember, when you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do.”

I can so quickly and so easily focus so long on the things I can see and feel, like relationships, work, circumstances, situations, things of this world that I completely lose sight of eternity and that which I cannot see with my human eyes.  Paul spoke of this exactly in 2 Corinthians 4:18 when he said, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

My eyes need fixing a lot.  So often that I quickly forget that in a life of so many unknowns, I have a lot of knowns based on the Word of God as well.  In the midst of so many questions about what I’m supposed to be doing, I have a lot of sure answers of what God has already commanded me to do.  When I get lost and I get confused I can always go back to that.


Here are a few of my favorite verses telling us exactly what to do, even when we don’t know what do do.

Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  (Matthew 22:37-40)

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  (1Corinthians 15:58)

So I say walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  (Galatians 5:16)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  (Matthew 7:7)

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.  (Romans 14:19)

Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.  (Proverbs 7:2)

You shall have no other gods before me.  (Exodus 20:3)

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vine, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love.  (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Then He called the crowd to Him along with His disciples and said:  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.  (Mark 8:34)

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.  (Matthew 6:33-34)

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.  Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.  (Romans 14:13)

So whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  (1 Corinthians 10:31)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  (2 Corinthians 5:7)

I realize I am literally scratching the surface with this handful of verses.  I would absolutely love it if you kept the list going in the comments below.

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