Waiting on God Bible Reading Challenge Summary

Summary post for the entire Waiting on God series! Praise the Lord that he listens to the needy! #waitingonGod #biblereading #biblejournaling

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?

Psalm 59:11-17

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

Isaiah 30:15-21

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.

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.#waitingonGod

Isaiah 64:1-8

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!

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! #waitingonGod

Psalm 69:1-6

The best thing to do in the wait- cry out to the Lord. Prayer is central to waiting on God.

The best thing to do in the wait- cry out to the Lord. Prayer is central to waiting on God. #waitingonGod

Psalm 69:7-13

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.

Psalm 69:29-36

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.

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. #journalingbible

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.

Happy Friday!

Rachel

Waiting on God series:

Waiting on God Bible reading plan

Week 1: Waiting on God summary

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Week 2: Waiting on God summary

Week 3: Waiting on God summary

Week 4: Waiting on God summary

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4 Comments

  1. The Waiting on God reading challenge came at the perfect time for me. I had just been diagnosed with breast cancer a couple weeks before, and was struggling to decide what to do. I was praying but not waiting very patiently. As I read each day’s verses I became calmer and calmer. By the end of Sept I had purchased a Journaling Bible and that has added so much for me. I was already writing in a daily journal both about the day’s lesson as well as my journey. Now as I prepare for surgery on Oct. 13, I will continue with the next challenge, because I know that this is part of my daily devotion now. Thank you Rachel…I love your down to earth writing and humanness, and you are helping me through this tough time.

    1. Oh Deb! How wonderful that you are truly enjoying your time with Jesus. I’m so thrilled he gave me a small part in providing a plan. Jesus, I pray that you would be with Deb, especially as she prepares for surgery on the 13th. We pray for your will and way in her life; guide her every step of the way on this journey. We pray that she would feel your presence close to her in her life. Amen. Hugs and continued prayers for you, Deb!

  2. I would like to know what Bible is in the photo – I love that each verse starts on a separate line and the graphics are quite cute

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