When God Isn't Giving You Any Answers: 3 Ways to Face Uncertainty with Faith

When uncertainty strikes, you can find the faith to move forward.

As young adults, it is easy to worry about the future. From our education and career choices to our decisions about dating, marriage, and missions, we are making crucial choices that will affect the rest of our lives. With so much at stake, we “counsel with the Lord in all [our] doings” (Alma 37:37). We study things out and use the resources available to us, including scriptures, prayer, parents, trusted mentors and priesthood leaders, and patriarchal blessings.

But what do we do when there is no clear-cut answer and heaven seems silent?

When we are unsure, it is easy to let fear paralyze us. Sometimes we even choose not to make a decision because we think we are going to mess up.

Don’t be afraid of uncertainty. Here are three things you can do when you don’t know what else to do: Educate your desires, move forward with faith, and “glory in the mystery” of your future.

Educate Your Desires

When we are uncertain about what to do, sometimes the problem isn’t in our head; it’s in our heart. Our desires are more important than we realize. We are taught not only that God “granteth unto men according to their desire” in this life (Alma 29:4) but also that He will judge us “according to the desire of [our] hearts” in the next (D&C 137:9). That’s a lot riding on what we want.

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