Sacred Waiting: Waiting on God in a World that Waits for Nothing

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"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." —Psalm 40:1

Waiting—the Key to Joy, Peace, and Abundance

No one likes to wait. Our irritation level rises in checkout lines, train stations, restaurants, and doctors' offices. We don't have time to waste. But Scripture constantly speaks of waiting: "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31).
The good news is that waiting on God is much more than ...

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Overview

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry." —Psalm 40:1

Waiting—the Key to Joy, Peace, and Abundance

No one likes to wait. Our irritation level rises in checkout lines, train stations, restaurants, and doctors' offices. We don't have time to waste. But Scripture constantly speaks of waiting: "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31).
The good news is that waiting on God is much more than watching the clock. Waiting plays a vital role in our spiritual formation as we draw closer to the Lord and respond to His leading. Challenging believers to rediscover this lost spiritual discipline, pastor and Bible professor David Timms reveals the hidden treasures of waiting on God—the peace and joy of being with Him.
The heroes of the faith all waited on God. And just like Abraham, Moses, and David, you'll find that your best moments arise from God's timing, not your own. Every covenant God made came at the end of a season of waiting. God's rewards wait for you when you learn to practice Sacred Waiting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764206788
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 814,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Tims teaches New Testament and Theology and chairs the Graduate Ministry Department at Hope International University in Fullerton, California. Australian by birth, David has been a church planter, pastor, and trainer of pastors for twenty-five years. His first book on spiritual formation, Living the Lord's Prayer, received glowing reviews. He publishes an e-zine, In Hop, that shares his reflections on Christian leadership and growth. He and his wife, Kim, have three sons and live in Fullerton, California.

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  • Posted October 29, 2009

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    The Blessing of Waiting

    To be honest, I first bought this book to re-ignite & re-align my vision with the Lord's time-line. I'm a single parent and have been waiting on the Lord for a husband and thought this would be able to offer me clearer insight and understanding. I was pleasantly amazed upon reading the "contents" page and seen that this book offered more than what I had previously thought (a single's take). Bless God, how the Holy Spirit leads us to a deeper understanding and new heights of visual alignment with the Lord.

    After reading the first chapter it opened and awakened in me a truer level of understanding of the VERB "wait". I never really understood that to "wait" is, in itself, a task (a blessed task). That while waiting I should be constantly interfacing, doing, praising and continually be "in-service" to the Lord. Although, I thought, I was this helped me to see that part of me was waiting as if to have my order processed and shipped. It helped me to understand (which is better than knowing something) that waiting requires an exchange, a constant connection and integration with the Lord; a deeper, relationship of service and being "present" with the Lord. As we are when we have children, we are emotionally, physically and mentally there with them in every aspect - our all. This is what we should offer, give freely while we're "waiting" on the Lord and recognize HIS time-line is always perfect.

    It also helped me to "see" clearly the level of love and commitment Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus had (or has) with the Lord. And it blessed me in my very "human" state; it's not that we as Christians are perfect it's that our hearts are always yielding to the Lord's wish for us, His will for us - His Intentions for us. That relationship is very deep and very beautiful regardless of our mortal physical state. God will always carry out what He says (promises). Every word He speaks is a promise and will always ring true.

    Furthermore, it helped me understand the very human nature of the biblical man. That, for instance Sarah, being "barren" doesn't just mean, not able to have children. It means, that possibly she conceived, knew there was life inside her, but never carried to term (never brought forth "fruit"). THAT speaks to a deeper sense of loss and hopelessness that one would experience then on top of that, the pain and anguish the years must have added to that longing situation.

    However you get it buy it, borrow it or download it (if possible), but read this book and be blessed.

    May you walk on deeper waters with the Lord... ALWAYS,
    Mari

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    I've been waiting for a book like this

    I must confess, that when asked to review this book, my initial thoughts at the description were, "I'd love to review this; I'll probably be able to tear it apart." The reason behind these sentiments were due to recent reading in the area of spiritual transformation through meditation & emptying oneself. I've about had it with Christians who want to be Buddhists.

    Now that I've read Mr. Timms' work, I stand rebuked and chastised before the Lord. This was truly a beneficial time of reading for me. As the pastor of a small church, I don't face the extreme pressures of large church pastors, but I do face the pressures of a small church pastor. And, since I still live in this present world, the pressures of our culture are constantly gnawing at me, hoping to keep me from waiting on the Lord - especially in a still, slow, quiet manner as laid out by Timms.

    The first half of the book is worth the purchase and reading time. Covering Noah, Abram, Moses, David and Jesus, Timms shows how each learned the lifelong process of presence and service: resting in God's presence and serving Him. In the second half, the author shows how the major events on the church calendar - Advent, Lent, Easter and Pentecost - can be used to help an entire congregation learn to wait on the Lord.

    This book is solid, concise and very helpful. A much needed balm to the hurly-burly, frenetic pace of our lives that seem to cry out "God! Hurry up!" Read it and then wait.

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