What to Do?

Dave Jones

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths."  Proverbs 3:5-6

A young, ambitious guy whom worked with a large oil company got a double promotion that required a transfer to Cairo.  He went home to his new wife and young baby and said, “Great news, we’re moving to Cairo.”

Shocked, his wife said, “You’re moving alone.  I’m going home to my mother.”  That was the first breakdown of several fundamental principles in their marriage.  Seemingly, there was no mutually agreeable compromise:  If he turned down his promotion, he would have hard feelings about not advancing his career and providing more for his family; if she just went along with the move, she would have hard feelings about giving up her security and dreams for her baby and herself.  What to do?

After some discussion, they went back to the fundamentals:   Is it my career, or is our career?  Is it your baby, or is it our baby?  Where do we get our security?  Are we individuals, or a team?  What are our values?  Do we deny our feelings and sacrifice on behalf of each other?  That marriage had to grow up in a very short time.  They ended up going to Cairo, but their relationship had been transformed:  She understood that his career was important to their family; he recommitted to their desires for the baby and her security.  What matters is not what they ended up choosing, but how they chose.  The “what to choose” decision, which at first appears paramount, is ultimately less important.  The how is what gives us personal character and integrity, strengthens our faith in the Lord and strengthens our relationships.  They took the courageous step to redefine, from the inside out, their commitment to each other and trust in the Lord.

Eventually, we all face seemingly urgent “what to do” decisions and God has given us many fundamentals in His Word that will help us make the right decision.  In the process (the how) we can grow personally and strengthen our relationships with the Lord and each other.

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
This is God's gracious command;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
So shall you dwell in the land.

Trust in the Lord, O troubled soul,
Rest in the arms of His care;
Whatever your lot, it mattereth not,
For nothing can trouble you there;
Trust in the Lord, O troubled soul,
Nothing can trouble you there.

Trust in the Lord who ruleth all,
Seeeth all things as they are,
Be it a birdling in its nest,
Or yonder uttermost star. (Refrain)

Trust in the Lord--His eye will guide
All thro' your pathway ahead,
He hath redeemed and He will keep,
Trust Him and be not afraid. (Refrain)


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