I’m sure if some of us got a nickel for every time someone asked us, “what next?” we’d be rich!
Whether you’re graduating, leaving your job, moving out, getting married, or retiring that question follows us.
We all want to know what’s next. We cannot fathom the idea of leaving a situation, whatever it is, and having no direct plan.
We would rather be stuck in a rather sinuous situation than have no answer for that question. And that’s where I found myself. I write to you today because for the first time in my life I’m not sure what’s next and that’s exactly how it should be.
I worked my last shift ever last week and it felt great. Don’t be fooled however, it wasn’t easy. I’ve been working two jobs since I was fifteen years old. I was obsessed with planning my next step. I began the trend of working two jobs at one time so that I would always have something to fall back on. I never wanted to be unsure about my future and controlling my finances was my way of doing that. I sacrificed my time with God and my time in school so that I could always have an answer for the “what’s next” question. I chose the certainty of my present over the uncertainty of my future. But, God spoke to me in a new way. He simply told me to let go. The thoughts began to race through my mind, “Am I losing it?” I couldn’t just let go of the only certain area in my life, what was I going to do? Nothing. That’s the answer. God doesn’t want you to do anything. He just wants us to hear His voice and we’re not able to do that when we’re so busy making plans outside of Him.
We live in a day where time is harder to come by than money. If you never sit alone with God reading His word and praying to Him, how will you ever hear Him? The noises of the world will always drown Him out. Busyness is a trap designed by the enemy to distract you from the greatest investment yet – your time. It leaves us into the false pretence that we are preparing for our future, but the reality is we are stopping our progress. Our busyness does not allow us to hear the plans God has for our lives. We must make a choice. Are we going to let our fear of uncertainty, whether it be in our next dollar or our future leave us living a life void of meaning? Or, are we going to move in faith?
Here’s the truth, there’s only one way to follow Jesus on the road: Take the next step.
Faith is more than believing. Faith is more than thinking, talking, or having convictions about Jesus. Faith is action. It is movement; it is activity. Faith is something you do. In fact, the Bible says in James 2:14, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?” (KJV).
Sometimes life can be so confusing. We often find ourselves unsure of which way to turn or what to do next. In those times I often think of the words of Moses to the Children of Israel at the Red Sea when he said in Exodus 14:13, “…stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD…” Sometimes those words ring loudly in my heart and I know that God wants me to just “stand still” and listen for His voice and hear His counsel.
Psalms 85:13 says, “Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.”
Jesus, our Righteousness, and His will for you to live in His Righteousness, will always be out in front. He knows your beginning from your end. He knows where you are going and He has already cleared the path for your steps to be secure. He shall set us on the right path and He will never let us go astray.
Just take the next step, put your trust in Jesus and stop asking questions only God can answer!