“What Am I Going To Do?”

My oldest sister, Peggy, was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 1999. Sadly, when it was discovered, it was in advanced stages. She had surgery but was unable to withstand chemotherapy. Realizing there was no medical help for her, she desperately asked, “What am I going to do?” Our hearts were saddened and burdened for her. Wanting to give her hope and assurance, we had only one answer, “Trust in the Lord.” She accepted that and during the remaining months of her life, she learned to do just that. She died peacefully and went home to Heaven in July 1999, fully assured that she had eternal life and that everything was alright.

The Same Question

Today, amid the troubles, trials and tragedies going on around us, we ask that same question, “What are we going to do?” When our faith is put to the test, when the cries of our hearts to God in prayer, seem to go unanswered, when we see our nation becoming more and more divided, when people forsake the church and God, and when sorrow and sighing seem to be growing, we ask, “What are we going to do?

I want to share with you a devotional written by SWM’s Jim Bracelin, from his book, “Life Lessons Devotional.” (See page 8). This devotion gives peace, comfort, and a challenge to those of us who ask, “What am I going to do?”

“He Is At My Right Hand”

“This world is in such a bad way, what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I’m not sure my insurance will cover my bills that are upcoming … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

“My children are getting involved in things that worry me… what am I going to do? “I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I’m not sure I will have a job next year … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to me after I die … what am I going to do? “ I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved’ (Psalm 16:8).

“Now, I know some of you think I am so innocent that I don’t know what you are going through, and that this verse is not an answer to all the problems you are facing. I would tell you My God is big enough to handle any and all of the challenges you are facing today and will face tomorrow. I know the God I serve parted the Red Sea and allowed the Israelites free access to cross onto the other side. “I know my God, even though all the forces of Hell were trying to keep Jesus in the tomb, raised Him on the third day. I know that the resurrection, when applied to my sin-debt, is the conquering force over my sin, my death, and my Hell. I am sure my God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could ever ask or think when it comes to tackling my problems.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

“It does not matter how big my problems may appear at the time. What matters is how much I will trust my God to take me through the problems I face on a daily basis. As for me and my house…“I have set the LORD always before me: Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).

The old song says…
“I Know Who Holds Tomorrow”

I don’t worry o’er the future
For I know what Jesus said.
And today I’ll walk beside Him
For He knows what lies ahead.

Many things about tomorrow
I don’t seem to understand.
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.”

“What Am I Going To Do?”

Hold firmly to His hand today, and trust Him!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6

This is written because I care – Carlene