Oh, sweet friends. We’re nearly finished. You only have one week left. I can’t believe it!
I just have one small thing to share with you today. It’s in reference to the proportion of His mercy relating to our waiting. And, in particular, a woman’s wait for her child. Some time ago, maybe a couple of years, I began to get curious about one regular phrase in the Bible: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Why were the three always mentioned together? I knew that they were father, son, and grandson. And that they are the patriarchs of the Jewish faith. But what was it about the three of them?
I dug around. And read their stories anew. And saw one golden thread strung together between the three men:
They all had a substantial wait before their children. Every single one of them waited at least twenty years.
And do you know what resulted? Each child born out of the wait of their parents was profoundly used by God. Profoundly.
The longer He stretches out and defers our hope, the greater His mercy and the more profound His glory. And as I continued to wait after making the connection, my faith was spurred. Knowing that He had something really, really good coming.
this week in review
What is your biggest fear overall or in this particular season of life? How has God taught you to hope in order to set that fear aside?
Keeping the Matthew Henry quote in mind, how are your spiritual garments currently looking? Have you been able to recognize areas of your life where the thread might be knotted?
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Great is His faithfulness. Always. What is your bright hope for tomorrow?
At this very moment, what is one specific thing you are hoping for? And are you simply hoping for the want of it, or that God will glorify Himself using it?
As I touched on above, I love the idea that His mercy is given in proportion to our waiting and hoping for Him. The longer you wait, and the longer you hope, the greater His mercy and His reward. How have you seen that in your own life, or the life of someone you love?
a peek at next week
My eyes fill with tears at the anticipation of this next week. Because I wept as I finished writing it. Because I understand His sovereignty in a way I didn’t before the week was written. Before Shawna died. Before hope was deferred. Friends, we are in the home stretch. And I can’t wait for you to dig into these last five days of homework.
This week’s nugget:
Then Job answered the LORD and said:
I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
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I’m gonna kinda sit on the idea of hoping ON him. I’ve been thinking a lot about the process I’m in with my life and all the changes and the things I’m hoping for (the sale of a house, a better job for my husband, a new house in my new city, children, and some personal things in our marriage) and how in the end I really want them to bring glory to God. We can’t have any of that without Him moving so when those things do happen, because they will, I want my praise to point back to Him so that others will see Him and not us.
What you wrote this morning, Jane, is so encouraging. I waited a long time to get married and I had the promise that it would “be amazing”. Our story is one for the books and I love that but now that I’m here I can feel the enemy trying to steal what God promised already. I find hope in knowing that the wait and the pressing through will bring about something even more amazing than i could have imagined. It does get me excited for what lies ahead and the glory that it will bring the Lord.
Oh my goodness, Day 2 is convicting!!! The garments visual really spoke right to my heart. I’m always so focused on my needs and wants and fears and anxieties I’m not doing any good for other people. Funny how i needed that visual on this very day. Thanks again for being real and transparent with us.
Thank you for sharing your story 🙂 I just wanted to say that marriage is very hard and what I’ve come to notice in mine after 15 years is that in the ugly times, or when we are under attack from the enemy, God brings out something really beautiful if you just focus on Him and talk to him through it all with honesty. Things happen when I give it all to Him, things that I know are Him showing me He was with me and understood my heart.
And to be honest, the hard times make you see that you can get through more than you ever thought together with your spouse by praying to Him also.
I’ll be praying for you ❤️
Thank you so much, Veronica! I actually drove home from a Bible study last night feeling quite alone and thought that today I needed to sit down and really pour out my heart to God and be honest about how I’m feeling. Your words are confirmation and encouragement! Thank you so much for your prayers!
Awwww I hope you’re feeling better today! If you’re feeling alone in your marriage, praying is the number one healer that’s for sure. I actually go thru “the power of the praying wife” almost everyday and it has helped guide my prayers and taught me to use scripture when I pray for my hubby. If you’re feeling alone after a bible study of friends, I just wanted to say sometimes people are afraid to tell what’s really going on because they are worried about being judged or having someone judge their husband. They don’t realize they could share their story and make someone else feel like they are normal and not going thru things alone. i could be wrong but I have friends that are closed like that and you think they have the perfect life and husbands and I don’t open up too much but when I do it’s not a full on spill out of ugly. And I also have 3 close friends who share their ugly parts of marriage/kids together and I can’t tell you how filled my heart is after I’m with these people, I let it all loose and they understand and help me deal with what life’s throwing at me at that time. i hope that helps you besides the prayer part of course that is the most powerful thing in your life. But you’re not alone. There is def people who will learn from your story and have a story to help you and the Lord will show you that.
Here’s my email: email@example.com if you ever need to chat with me you can. Again, I hope you’re feeling better today!!!!