Can I just tell you that this book has been one of the biggest blessings in my reading life lately…I mean, seriously…check out what Beth says on Page 143 (which could also be said of me), “When it comes to high maintenance, I put the “I” in high and the ten in maintenance.”
This was totally unexpected and yet so just like God…I write the “Speak to My Soul” devotional on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings (sorry to bust your bubble, but I actually don’t write them weeks out…I try and wait on the Holy Spirit to lead me to write what HE wants me to write) and then read the Chapter for the book group on Sunday evenings. How cool is it that this week was about Waiting on God for Deliverance but the neat thing about it is that while we wait we should be PRAY! Love it! Here we go ladies…we are about to hear some really good words today!
Saddle up, break out your highlighters and journals and let’s dig into some of highlights from this chapter.
Page 145-146, “What a ride it is for us now. God etched history not on lands and nations but on human lives. Not on superhumans. Not even on particularly impressive humans. God seems to summon the most faithless of all to faith. He’s a magnet to weakness, perhaps the ultimate proof that opposites really do attract.”
Page 146 – LOVE THIS…”God takes HIS own sweet time because sweet time is God’s to take.” Ah! Is that awesome or what?
Does anyone else out there have a hard time with “Waiting” or is it just me? Come on, I can’t see you, but you can raise your hands with me!
Page 147 – “Even faith in God that an intense wait demands is about relationship. God calls upon us to walk in faith because faith requires a partner to place it in.” (There’s that word again…God wants a relationship with YOU!)
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire.
Page 151 – “He’s up to something big that affects not only you, but those around you. He’s also after those around you. Furthermore, He’s not just interested in impacting the present. He is the One “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). Within every “is”, God is mindful of what “was” and what “is to come” and He intends to show Himself might in all of the above. One thing is certain; you can’t accuse God of being shortsighted.”
Amen and amen dear sisters…how incredibly amazing is that?
There are so many other things I highlighted, but I want to leave you on the one above. Rest in that.
Now, get your typing fingers ready and let’s open up the Personal Application Questions together:
1) God can deliver a person instantaneously, but this is a rare occurrence. Has this ever happened to you or to someone you know? What was your response? Were you awed by God’s power? Skeptical? Reassured?
2) As you have waited for God to deliver you, what has been your frame of mind? Compare yours with the psalmists in Psalm 40:1-2 and 130:5-6.
3) “But smooth living invariably, eventually, makes for sloppy spirituality.” Can you think of a time in your life when this was especially true?
4) Psalm 130:5 says, “in this world I put my hope”. In the past, where have you placed your hope? What is one thing you can do while you wait and hope for deliverance?