It’s Tuesday! Time for TerKeurst Tuesdays, friends! Today we are discussing chapters sixteen and seventeen of Lysa TerKeurst’s book, What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. For more thoughts on this inspiring topic, hop on over to Lelia’s blog and visit with our other Bible study participants.
Chapter sixteen: God’s Portion, Position, and Promise
The story of the children of Israel’s time in the desert gives me pause every time.
On page 158, Lysa says, “Though they didn’t deserve His provision, God still had mercy on them and provided. The way He provided required them to pursue a relationship with Him on a daily basis, receiving their portion every day. God continued to reveal Himself to His people through the manner in which He provided. He still does this with us as well.”
I just love the way God reveals Himself. Lately I have been pondering how to make my time with Him more intimate. The story of the manna, the “bread of angels”, reminds me so brilliantly to depend on Him every day. In seeking His portion for me, I am trusting that it is all I need.
Lysa goes on to say, “God loves each of us and wants to spend time with us, not because it’s on our to-do list but because we desire to stay in contact with Him throughout our day. He wants to be there for us. He wants to fill in the gaps where each of us falls short.”
In my case, that’s a lot of gaps to fill!
He does, Beloved! He fills in the gaps that I don’t have the strength to fill. But I must seek Him first.
The Israelites had to face physical hunger before they sought Him daily. The challenges that come between me and Him are much less tangible. What will it take to make me seek Him with every breath?
Depending on Him daily gives me less room to hold up idols in place of Him. Make no bone about it; there have been times when I have put other things before Him. Friends, Family, work, even exercise…these have all had their season of idolatry in my life. But God used these seasons to shape me. He used even my weaknesses to reclaim His kingship in my life. When Lysa asked the question: “What do I want more than anything else?” I can finally say that my answer was HIM! MORE OF HIM!! Hallelujah, Amen.
But it has been a process getting to this point, and as Lysa described the refining of silver, different seasons in my life sprang to life in my mind—going through the fire, being pounded into a new shape, purified…molded into something beautiful by my Creator.
This is His promise to me.
Chapter seventeen: God’s Dream, God’s Way
We have traveled through Leaving, Famine, Believing, and Death so far in this journey. Now we reach the section of the book that Lysa calls Resurrection. Lysa says, “Resurrection—The final stage in our walk of faith—happens only after death has had her fleeting reign of victory. In other words, the only way to rejoice in the resurrection is to have sorrowed through death first.”
Notice the words “fleeting reign of victory.” Scripture tells us that weeping lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning”!
And, Lysa says, “God’s dream for us must come to life God’s way.”
His way is best, my friends. It may not seem that way while I wait in the desert, it may not seem that way while I hunger through the famine, it may not seem that way when I am asked to leave behind all that I love…but when I look back in faith, I clearly see how He used those times to mold and shape me into a new creation. Truly resurrected.
These chapters have renewed my commitment to my dreams. They have helped me to keep my perspective and rejoice in the trials God has given me.
I love the steps Lysa lists for active waiting. For all of you who are not reading the book along with us, take heart in the following:
1. Do not lose confidence in God’s goodness.
2. Be strong.
3. Do not lose hope.
4. Let God be your shield and your help.
5. Be patient.
6. Continue to cry out to God.
7. Cling to His Word.
8. Watch for His answers.
9. Trust in His unfailing love.
10. Rejoice in His redemption.
Remember, our strength is in the joy of the Lord! Rejoice in Him and you will be renewed in this journey of following the dream He has given you!