There is great power in talking through your problems.
Reference: “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? (Luke 12:57 NIV)
Explore: In my position as a chaplain, people would often come to speak to me about the issues they were going through. To begin with I felt a great deal of pressure to give them amazing advice. But after a while I realised this wasn’t what people wanted, or needed, anyway.
I just listened.
There is great power in talking through your problems. It helps you to really articulate how you are feeling and what the exact issue is.
Often, as I listened to people share their problems, it would become evident that they knew what they should do.
Their actions would not be easy, and that’s why they were hesitating, but deep down they knew what decision they should make.
Application: We all have a level of common sense. God has given us brains to decipher the world and we are taught at a young age what is right and wrong.
Sometimes we hesitate to use our common sense because it would mean having to make a hard decision. And so we procrastinate by delaying or talking constantly about our problems.
God is always there to hear our prayers, but He also wants us to be active in our own decision making. Jesus even encouraged His disciples to judge what is right for themselves. I believe He would challenge us to do the same too.
Prayer: Lord, with the knowledge we receive from You, may we make wise decisions. Fill us with Your confidence to do what is right. Amen.
How do you determine what is right or wrong?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.