"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering" (James 1:6a).
One technique I commonly used to motivate my children when homeschooling was the cliff-hanger. I would entice my children's appetite to learn by only presenting enough information to get them excited. Reading only to a climatic part in a story, I would stop and say, "If you want to find out what happens, you'll have to read the rest for yourself!" This tactic was a great motivator, especially for my oldest daughter who couldn't stand not knowing the ending.
As adults, not knowing the ending can be frustrating, too. Who doesn't want to know what is going to happen next? If we had our way, we'd love to have God spell out the answers and endings to life's problems. However, like the men and women of faith listed in Hebrews 11, we must learn how to trust God. Tucked away in this great chapter is the secret that will enable us to keep going when we don't know what we should do — diligence. Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." We sacrifice faith's reward too easily!
Do you believe God will show you what to do when you need an answer? Are you diligently seeking Him each day believing that He exists and hears every one of your prayers? Read far enough into His Word today until you find a promise just for your problem. Then, trust His Word to light your path (Psalm 119:105)! You may not know the answer or see the ending to the problem you are facing right now, but like the men and women of faith who have gone before you, you know the One who is leading you. He will reward you with understanding and wisdom to face every cliff-hanger you may have.
Father, thank You for not abandoning me. Some days I have no idea what to do to handle the day's homeschooling problems. Please, hear my prayer of faith today and reveal the answers I need. In Jesus' name, Amen.