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Unpacking the Old Testament story of Joseph, Wayne Stiles shows you how to find comfort and purpose in the waiting, revealing the startling truth that sometimes when we think we are waiting on God--or if you don't know what God wants you to do next--this book offers a wise and practical guide to finding hope and peace in life's difficult pauses.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018455
ISBN-13: 9780801018459

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We have all experienced a disconnect between God's promises to us and our everyday reality. We wait, without understanding why. We want to know God's plan so that we can trust it--but God so often hides his plan so that we will trust him. What can we do in the meantime as we are waiting for an answer, a change, or a miracle?

With deep compassion, Wayne Stiles helps readers understand why God makes them wait. Unpacking the Old Testament story of Joseph, Stiles shows readers how to find comfort and opportunity in the time between God's promises and his answers, revealing the perspective-altering truth that sometimes when we think we are waiting on God, he is actually waiting on us.

Anyone who has felt a disconnect between God's promises and their reality, who doesn't know what God wants them to do next, or who struggles with the brokenness of their world will find in Wayne Stiles a wise and trustworthy guide to finding peace in the pauses.

Author Bio

Wayne Stiles (ThM, DMin, Dallas Theological Seminary) is an executive vice president at Insight for Living. A former pastor and veteran traveler to the Holy Land, Dr. Stiles has been in full-time ministry for twenty-five years. He is the author of Going Places with God and Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Stiles and his wife, Cathy, have two grown daughters and live in Texas. For more, visit www.waynestiles.com.

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  1. Jan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely worth your time
    February 21, 2018
    Jan
    Quality: 4
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    A comfortable and engaging read. Wayne Stiles has a way of writing to his audience, comparing the common denominators of then to now - in this book specifically the story of Joseph.
  2. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wisdom for Waiting: Ten Lessons from the Life of Joseph
    September 11, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Its become a clich, really.

    Wait on God.

    In the glib heart, its an all purpose non-answer. Its what we say when we dont know what to say.

    In Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing, Wayne Stiles opens the lens of Scripture to take in the Old Testament life of Joseph and de-formulizes that formulaic phrase. Because Joseph spent so much of his life waiting for God to do something, Wayne helps us to see that we apply sovereignty by waiting on God, and that every single fruit of the Spirit can be linked in some way to waiting. He offers much practical wisdom in every chapter, but I plucked ten fruitful principles for my own heart to remember when Im waiting for God to act:

    1.Mind the gaps! What we dont see in biblical narrative is the large gaps of time between the great moments. Biblical lives were not non-stop action any more than ours are, and it is during these God-orchestrated gaps that we do our waiting . . . and wondering. For better insight into Josephs life, be sure to follow Josephs story found in Genesis 37-50, and available with just a click at Biblegateway.com (#bgbg2).

    2.If youve spent a lifetime in a family that puts the fun in dysfunctional, it takes more than promises to keep from repeating their failures. God is at work in this kind of challenging commitment to change. He rescued Joseph from resorting to unhealthy patterns, and He will meet us in our waiting times to bring about changes that will move our hearts away from generational sin. (Genesis 37:19,20)

    3.The hunger that gnaws at your heart during times of waiting will not be satisfied by a quick fix. Dont short-circuit Gods good plan by settling for Satans short-cut. (Genesis 39:9)

    4.Judah, Josephs brother, left home and used sex as a sedative for a disappointing life. Josephs denial of Potiphars wife was a decision NOT to gratify himself, but, instead, to wait. Like Joseph, we may have to wait (long and hard) for a glimpse of Gods reasoning behind His assignment of waiting, (Genesis 39:20, 21).

    5.The pit of waiting is Gods stop-light where we build character for what lies ahead. Deep rootedness is a higher priority than present-day productivity. (Psalm 105:18,19)

    6.Obscure faithfulness in our daily walk with God is not a path to immediate maturity or success. Joseph may have felt forgotten for two years, but he did not forget God. While Josephs abilities were on the shelf, God was preparing him for later success. (Luke 16:10)

    7.While we think of waiting as the problem, God intends the time of waiting to REVEAL the problem. God used time to create space for forgiveness among the sons of Jacob and also to open their father Jacobs own heart. (Genesis 43:14) Wayne Stiles challenges his readers to consider the joy you would have if you surrendered the life you want and embraced the life God is waiting to give you.

    8.God devotes three chapters to the twenty-four hour waiting period before Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers. It was the climax of a twenty-two year wait for reconciliation. In his father Jacobs case, he did not even realize that he had been waiting the blessing of seeing his son alive again was completely unexpected! (Ephesians 3:20)

    9.Joseph was quick to give God credit for the plot-line of his life:

    God will interpret your dream, Pharaoh.

    God meant your evil for good, brothers.

    Recognizing God at work made it possible for Joseph to forgive whole-heartedly. Reconciliation followed even after all the lost years.

    10.By the time Jacob passed away, the long view had proved him joyously wrong in his lament that all things are against me! Hopelessness has no place in our lives, even in the midst of agony like Jacob experienced. When his sons buried him, these Old Testament saints died without receiving the promises. We, too, live with continual hope of promises that we have yet to see.

    And so we wait. The Christian life is one of obedience which requires an eternal perspective during the moments when it appears that God is inactive. Josephs story is our story, but it is also true that his hope is our hope. As we wait individually, in whatever tiny narrative is unfolding on the home front, we wait for the fulfillment of Jesus words: Surely, I am coming quickly.

    To this, we reply from our deepest heart: Amen. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    And while we wait? The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

    This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons from the life of Joseph
    August 20, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
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    We can't microwave God's plan for us, Stiles writes. (15) That we'll have to wait on God is a given. The issue is waiting well and that's why he has written this book.

    He takes his lessons on waiting from the life of Joseph. Joseph is a good example as he had to wait twenty two years to see his dreams come to pass. Stiles does well in relating Joseph's experiences to our own. In telling about the coat of many colors, for example, we are asked to remember a time when a sibling got a better Christmas or graduation gift.

    Stiles is convinced, ...the primary way we apply God's providence to our lives is by waiting. (16) Waiting is an act of faith. It is how we trust God is working out His purposes when we are not seeing it. He also reminds us of the many reasons God may have us wait. Perhaps He is developing our character or leading us to a deeper relationship with Him.

    Using Joseph's life as a springboard, Stiles has lots of great teaching on a variety of topics, such as sexual purity and the purpose of testing (God and Satan have different goals). He has included many of his own experiences as illustrations. That adds a personal touch to his teaching.

    Stiles has an interesting way of writing. God wasn't asleep at the wheel the day he chose your family of origin. (182) That's a good thing. In retelling the Joseph story, which is much of the text, the writing style kept me interested in what is a very familiar story.

    He reminds us that our goal in our waiting is not to try and understand God's plan. God doesn't ask that of us and we could never do that anyway. It is our trust that God desires. Stiles reminds us about waiting, Sometimes that is the only way we learn. (145)

    One unusual point on Stiles' book is about dreams. He is adamant that God does not speak to us through dreams today. We have the Bible and that's all we need. He does allow for dream experiences in the mission field, but says that does not mean it is to be our experience. (33)

    This is a good book for Christians who want to understand why God would have us wait and why He sometimes gives us something very much different from that for what we had asked. It is an encouragement to trust in God's sovereignty. There is much we can learn from Joseph as he waited so long for what God had promised. It might be a familiar story but Stiles takes lessons from it each of us can benefit in learning.

    Food for thought: Every sin we commit represents a failure to wait on God. (83)

    God remains sovereign down to the last detail of our lives. (164)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. love2read
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Waiting is Not an Act of Passivity!
    August 18, 2015
    love2read
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wayne Stiles addresses the great "why" question. Why does God allow things and why doesn't he tell us what is going on? Why are there gaps in our walks with God where we feel silence and pain? Using the story of Joseph, we see how God operates on His own timetable and how God is not absent simply because we do not hear or see him directly. Reading Waiting on God not only reminded me of the beauty of Joseph's story, but also encouraged me that God uses ALL circumstances, even the most confusing and befuddling. This book was compelling and uplifting as the reader comes to the realization that God only needs our faithfulness and he will take care of the rest. Stiles showcases the many times that Jesus' forefathers took matters into their own hands as they tried to circumnavigate around God's will and the disaster that followed. God is faithful and the second we stop focusing on that and take matters into our own hand is the second that misery strikes. This book is excellent. I give it a 5/5.
  5. Betsy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Study
    August 18, 2015
    Betsy
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    This book is a refreshing look at the life of Joseph and how we can learn to embrace times of waiting. You won't be disappointed!
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