“And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.”
Everybody will come to a situation in life when they don’t know what to do. Israel found themselves in such a situation when a person had reportedly blasphemed God. They had never dealt with such a situation, and God had not yet been clear on what to do. Moses’ reactions were the best actions you can take when you come to a point when you don’t know what to do. Let me share with you how Moses reacted so that you can follow his example.
First, don’t react. Moses could have easily reacted to what he heard in the report, but he was wise not to let his initial thoughts cause him to react. You must be careful that you don’t become reactionary to everything you hear. Many people have made themselves look foolish by reacting to situations without knowing what to do. Just because you are embarrassed because of a situation doesn’t give you a reason to react. Many leaders have ruined their credibility by reacting to situations before they truly know what to do. If you are prone to react, you are going to have to put spiritual reigns on your emotions and become a person who isn’t reactionary.
Second, wait. Moses not only didn’t react to the situation, but he was willing to wait to find out what to do to find out if the situation were true. If you will learn to wait before reacting to situations, you will better learn how to respond with all the information in hand. One of the purposes of waiting is to find out the whole story of the situation you are facing. Use your waiting period wisely to research your situation so that you will be better informed about what you should do with all the information you gathered.
Third, search the Scriptures. Another reason you should never be reactionary is because you need time to let the Scriptures guide you on your next action. Searching the Scriptures takes your emotion out of what you should do next. Many people let their emotions guide them instead of allowing the Scriptures to guide them. Don’t ever make decisions when you don’t know what to do without first searching the Scriptures to see what they may tell you to do. Your waiting period gives you time to search the Scriptures.
Fourth, pray. Moses wanted to know the mind of God about what he should do. The worst thing you could do when responding to a situation is to act without praying. The person who acts without praying eventually finds themselves cleaning up a mess that their “gut” told them they needed to do. You must get yourself to a point in your life where your first response to every decision is to pray. Let me ask you, do you pray before you respond to everything? If your answer is “no,” you are making many decisions that will one day cause you harm. Prayer must be your first response to every situation. You will never hurt yourself when you learn to respond with prayer.
Fifth, obey. When Moses found out what he should do, he obeyed the LORD even though it wasn’t a pleasant response. When the LORD makes it clear what you should do about your situation, you must obey. Obedience to the LORD isn’t always going to be the most pleasant response, but it will always be the right response. My friend, you will never fail to do right when you make these five actions your response to those situations that bring question as to what you should do.