Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed.
The steward found himself in a very difficult situation. Someone accused him to his lord that he had been wasteful of his lord’s good. When the lord set a time for the steward to give his side of the story, he knew he was in a difficult situation. Instead of crumbling and hiding in this difficult situation, the steward asked himself what he should do. The wisdom to ask himself how to get out of this situation produced an answer to save himself if he lost his job.
Everyone will face difficult situations in life that can literally change the landscape of their life. What you do in these difficult situations often determines what your life becomes for the remainder of your life. What you do in these times will often dictate what others think about you. Let me share some thoughts about what to do when you face difficult and life-changing situations.
First, don't hide. You will never deal with difficult situations by hiding. Hiding does not make the situation go away, but it does make the situation worse. Hiding from difficult situations rarely makes the situation go away, but most often makes it worse and harder to overcome. If you deal with it at the onset, you have a better chance of dealing with it in its infancy when it has not gained root in your life. You can avoid much stress in life by dealing with difficult situations when they first appear instead of hiding from them. You will never know how bad your situation is until you look at it.
Second, ask yourself what you should do. You can't get answers if you don't ask questions about what to do. It is not that every answer you get will be something you can do, but one of the answers that you give yourself will likely be the solution to your situation. Many never get the answer to their difficulties because they never ask themselves how to deal with them.
Third, spend time in prayer and in God’s Word to find an answer. I believe that most problems have an answer that can be found in God’s Word. I have learned that prayer and studying God’s Word go hand in hand. When I can’t find an answer in God’s Word, I pray and ask God to show me a situation in the Scriptures where someone faced something similar to what I am facing. God wants you to have answers, and His Holy Spirit can certainly lead you to the answer in His Word.
Fourth, get help. In other words, don't be afraid to ask someone for advice on how to deal with your situation. Pride has caused many situations to get worse because we don't want others to know that we have failed in some area. It is better to be humbled in private by asking advice than to be humiliated publicly by not getting advice about difficulties we don't know how to handle. God has placed someone in your life who can help you with your difficulty; you just need to humble yourself and ask them for their advice on what to do if you are to get an answer.
Fifth, be determined to find a way through your difficulty. Nobody has ever overcome difficulties without determination. If you are determined not to quit but to overcome your difficulty by facing it, you will find that you will eventually be victorious in your difficult situation.