Can you believe this is the last post for the Waiting on God challenge? On October 1st, we began the new Bible reading challenge, Gently God Guides. But for this week, I wanted to stay focused on the Waiting on God Bible reading challenge summary. So let’s take a look at what we covered since last Friday!
If this is your first monthly challenge, each week we meet on Fridays to discuss the reading. This week is a little different, as we finished up a month’s reading during the middle of the week. So to keep the post focused on one topic, let’s summarize the Waiting on God Bible reading summary for the week and at the end of this post, you’ll find all the links for the entire month of reading. Next Friday, we’ll begin the weekly summaries for the Gently God Guides Bible reading challenge. Ready?
But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress. v. 16, ESV
Whenever I’m tempted to tire of waiting on God, one of my very favorite New Testament examples of waiting on God is Paul and Silas sitting in prison for preaching the Word. Now granted, they couldn’t go anywhere; they were locked up and chained to one another. But man, were they in waiting mode. And what did they choose to do in the midst of their wait? Sing a song of praise! And you know what happened then? God was so excited about their heart condition and song of praise that he couldn’t wait either! So an earthquake shook those chains right off of Paul and Silas. What a glorious day of freedom transpired from praising God in the waiting room!
I wonder what he just might do for us if we stopped sulking and started singing! #preachingtomyself
We so often think that God is making us wait out of spite or “just because…I don’t know why.” Yet Isaiah 30:18 explains the opposite is true! He graciously creates the wait out of his mercy and compassion for us. If only we can learn to appreciate the strength that is gained in quiet confidence.
Alright. I confess. I am a barger. I have a tendency to try to run ahead of God and make things move when He has me in a waiting mode. Oh but it is so much better to give him the control to act on my behalf!
The best thing to do in the wait- cry out to the Lord. Prayer is central to waiting on God.
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O LORD.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. v. 13, ESV
The psalmist prayed for his answer to arrive “at an acceptable time.” Why? Because he knew that God’s love and faithfulness was bigger than his immediate satisfaction. This lesson spoke so strongly to my heart.
I don’t think any of us really want to say it. But I’ll just say it. Sometimes I’m needy. I know you’re shocked, but yes, it’s true! Praise Jesus he is ok with my neediness. He listens, doesn’t just hear, but listens. And that is a blessing of the wait. He never tires of waiting for us to get it. He never tires of listening.
What did you learn this week? Was there a verse that held a special emphasis for you? I’d love to read about it today.
Waiting on God series:
What is a Journaling Bible is a well-loved post that resulted from so many readers asking the question: What kind of Bible is that?
October focus: Gently God Guides