If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children. Psalm 73:15 (NIV)
You would think that the turning point of his life would begin when he gets some answers. But that’s not Asaph’s story.
Asaph wants us to know that the first step to turning our lives around is not finding an answer, but making a decision. His mind is driving down this dark road of despair, so he makes a decision. “I am not going any farther down this road. I will not go where these despairing thoughts are leading me.”
This is where Asaph’s turn begins. We say, “Give me an answer!” But God says, “Give me a commitment.” We say, “I need to understand.” But God says, “I want you to follow.”
When Jesus came to the Garden of Gethsemane, He was struggling with what God the Father was doing in his life and in the world. He wanted to know if the cup of suffering on the cross could be taken from Him. “If it is possible, let this cup be taken from me.” Jesus goes into the garden with a question: “Can this cup be taken away?” He comes out of the garden with a decision: “May your will be done.”
Maybe you are facing a crisis in your life right now. You’re confused. If you follow the thoughts that are running in your mind, you will crash your marriage. If you follow the inclinations of your heart, you will no longer be useful in ministry. Don’t go there! Make a decision to stop that way of thinking. Make a decision to stop that way of acting.
You want to turn your life around, but you’ve been waiting for an answer from God. Will you take the first step today, by making a decision?