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We all have probably been the giver and the recipient of the advice, “When you don’t know what to do, just keep moving forward.”

The problem with this advice is there are truly days we may not even know HOW to move forward. What does that mean? What does it look like? And who exactly do we follow in moving forward?

Let’s be honest – there are days when moving forward is not only difficult but downright frightening as we may not even know where we are placing our foot.

I was reading in Psalm 77 this morning, where I found some interesting advice on this topic:

  1. When we don’t know where to go, we go to Him. “I cry out to God; yes I shout. Oh, that God would listen to me!” (verse 1, NLT) Asaph, the writer of this psalm, turned to God. He asked questions, he let out his feelings and fears, openly with transparency.
  2. When we don’t know the future, we remember the past.But then I recall all you have done, O Lord; I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.” (verse 11-12, NLT)  Asaph relieved his worries and anxiety by remembering the faithfulness of God to him in the past.
  3. When we don’t know everything, we can know God. “O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you?” (verse 13, NLT) With renewed confidence, Asaph declared that His God stood alone, perfect in all His ways and mighty to do all things. Even the hard things in his life.

In looking back, we can find strength and courage for today, to move forward. And sometimes, a funny thing happens – we find a path which moves us forward and across and past ….

“Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters – a pathway no one knew was there!” (verse 19)

And one day, we will declare …

“Those days, when we couldn’t see You or feel You or know where You were leading us, were hard and depressing days to get through. But now it is clear – You were leading the way through uncharted waters and You were protecting us every single step of the way through. Even then.”

We move forward knowing the One who goes before us.


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