“If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: If they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.” — 2 Kings 7:4.
This story tells of four men who were battling for their lives, but with a decision to make: Do we stay here and die or reach for the hope of living?
“What should I do?” is a question that each one of them had to ask. It is a question we ask ourselves, and it can bring out many answers depending on the situation.
For example, asking yourself this question in positive moments of your life will lead to many positive responses.
However, in negative situations, the answer can be damaging. Sometimes you have done all you know to do, but it seems one awful thing after the next continues to happen. Bills are piling up, a job is stressing you out, no one will hire you, relationships are failing, children will not listen, parents will not listen, grades are falling, or a family member or friend dies. At that moment, when it seems you are about to break, that question creeps into the mind: “What should I do?”
Usually, negative situations are accompanied by negative responses. Is this the point in time that one begins to have thoughts of suicide? Is this when alcoholism or drug abuse begins to happen? Is this the start of abuse such as domestic violence or bullying? Could this be the time in which bad, impulsive financial decisions are made that lead to massive debt?
Maybe this is the time one finds himself or herself in an unfavorable relationship. One problem that many people face is that they don’t talk about their problems. Just the simple act of talking about your problems can make a difference in the way you view the situation.
One reason is that you can hear what you are saying out loud, and hearing it out loud helps you better process the situation to make better decisions.
It also is important to know somebody you can trust that is nonjudgmental and that you find easy to talk to.
You are capable of finding everything that is wrong, but someone you trust can point out the positive aspects, even in the worst circumstances.
One person you always can trust talking to is Jesus. Jesus is not a genie that snaps and all your problems erase instantly, but He is the Prince of peace.
Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
So while you are going through the worst of situations, Jesus can keep you in perfect peace. You must keep your mind on Him and not the negative situation, influences or thoughts that come from asking the question, “What should I do?”
Talk to a trusted loved one or friend, and try talking to Jesus.
Harper is a member of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church and the United Ministerial Alliance.