The Next Right Thing
"Jesus took hold of the girl's hand and said, "Child, get up!" She came back to life and got right up. Jesus told them to give her something to eat.
- Luke 8:54-55, CEV
The mights and maybes of our lives keep us awake at night. Maybe I should accept the new position. Which schooling choice is best for my kids? What might happen if I choose wrong?
When it comes to making decisions, chances are you’ve heard this advice: Do the next right thing. It’s good advice, but it didn’t sink in for me fully until I started noticing it in the Gospels. So often, right after Jesus performed a miracle, He gave a simple next thing to do.
He told the leper to show himself to the priest.
He told the paralytic to pick up his stretcher and go home.
He told Jairus and his wife, after raising their daughter from the dead, to give her something to eat.
Rather than a life plan, a clear vision, or a five-year list of goals, the leper, the paralytic, and the couple received instructions from Jesus about what to do next—and only next.
What is your next right thing?
Sometimes we tend to make things more difficult than they need to be. What if God isn't trying to give you a life-long path right now? What if He just simply wants you to take the next step? What if He wants to see your faithfulness today and then He'll show you the next step tomorrow?
What is your big question? Maybe take this moment, this day, to talk with God and discern what your next right thing could be.
O God, I am open. The decisions I’m facing have become too much. Ease my fatigue with your presence and my hesitation with your peace. Here is an issue that has me tied up in knots. Will you begin to untangle me? What do you want me to know today? O God, I am open.