My Most Difficult Decisions

My most difficult decisions are probably very similar to your difficult decisions.

For me, the hardest decisions I have to make concern when there is no good answer to a problem. I know other people feel the same way because they talk to me about those issues. Most of the time, the issue I see with other people concerns problems in the family. Often, it has to do with squabbling family members where each one thinks they are right.

I’ve often said, “Satan’s most effective temptation is when he puts us in a situation where there is no good answer.” No matter what we do, there will be hurt and pain.

What do you do in those situations? This is my answer.

First, I cry out to God with my hurt and pain over the decision I have to make. I admit that I have no answer to such a painful situation.

Second, I remind God of His greatness, knowledge, and wisdom. I ask Him to do what I am unable to do. I ask Him to show me His way.

I want to remind you that whatever you are dealing with is not the first time Satan thought he had you and God cornered. At the cross, Satan thought he had the perfect solution. Either the Son of God would die or mankind would be lost. No one was more surprised at the resurrection of Jesus than Satan.

At times of great trouble, call to God and ask Him to do what you can’t do.

Third, pray for the people around you who will be hurt by the situation you face. Ask God to bless them and give them His wisdom as well.

When I have to have difficult conversations (there is actually a book by that title that I read years ago), I ask God to go before me and prepare the way. I plead with God to soften my heart and the hearts of those with which I speak.

Finally, I ask God to use my overwhelming problem so that He is glorified by what happens. 

Paul prayed a doxology (a word of praise) to God concerning how He works in the difficult times. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever think or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

God is able, and He wants to use our troubles for our good and for the Gospel.



  1. Jim Tate
    Feb 20, 2019

    Timely reminder. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Morris “Trey” Lewis
    Feb 22, 2019

    Yes sir! Even in a perfect storm Christ can speak peace! I love your warm encouragement! Thank you in the Lord Jesus Christ! Trey Lewis

    • Waylon
      Feb 23, 2019

      Thanks, Trey. I appreciate your encouragement as well.

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