Waiting on God by Wayne Stiles
Baker Books: 8/18/15
eBook review copy; 256 pages
Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing is a highly
recommended combination Bible Study on the life of Joseph with anecdotal
personal insights and applications by Wayne Stiles.
Sometimes God seems silent or absent in our lives and going to the Bible
to study and consider the life of Joseph presents a perfect example of
waiting on God for years. We can be confused as to why God hasn't
answered our prayers, but God's answer often requires a more active role
from us rather than just waiting for our circumstances to change.
Stiles points out that God may be waiting for us to change - and
our circumstances may even worsen while He patiently waits for us to
make those changes. We need patience too. Patience is the art of waiting
Hard times and difficulties are normal. God's people were never promised
a trouble free life and Joseph's life is a perfect example to consider.
God does make promises to believers, but there are lessons we may need
to learn in the in-between time of waiting. God never said we wouldn't
have troubles. In fact, we should expect trouble and difficulties (1
Thess. 3:3–4; 1 John 3:13; 1 Peter 4:12) as a normal part of our
lives... along with waiting.
Here Stiles goes through the life of Joseph and considers his life (as
well as the lives of his family) in comparison to things and
circumstances we might go through today. Stiles uses many personal
examples to make the story more pertinent to lives today and help
readers see how Joseph's story is applicable to their lives, their
personal stories. This isn't really a devotional or a Bible study, per
se, but a study of one story and how it can be interpreted to encourage,
help, and challenge us in our Christian walk today.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of Baker Books for review