Let's Talk About Waiting

by Brent Lamberth

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

WAIT. FOR HOW LONG?

 

Deuteronomy 8:1-8

You must carefully perform all of the commandment that I am commanding you right now so you can live and multiply and enter and take possession of the land that the Lord swore to your ancestors. Remember the long road on which the Lord your God led you during these forty years in the desert so he could humble you, testing you to find out what was in your heart: whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you by making you hungry and then feeding you the manna that neither you nor your ancestors had ever experienced, so he could teach you that people don’t live on bread alone. No, they live based on whatever the Lord says. During these forty years, your clothes didn’t wear out and your feet didn’t swell up. Know then in your heart that the Lord your God has been disciplining you just as a father disciplines his children. Keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him, because the Lord your God is bringing you to a wonderful land, a land with streams of water, springs, and wells that gush up in the valleys and on the hills; a land of wheat and barley, vines, fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil and honey;

 

Key Passage:

Remember the long road on which the Lord your God led you during these forty years in the desert so he could humble you, testing you to find out what was in your heart: whether you would keep his commandments or not. —Deuteronomy 8:2

 

Commentary:

The Israelites, in sudden and miraculous fashion, were delivered from Pharaoh and the Egyptians when they crossed the Red Sea. Along with their deliverance, the Israelites were promised God would bring them to “a wonderful land” (verse 7a). They just weren’t told how long it would take for them to reach this land of promise. For forty years, the Israelites wandered and whined and frequently turned away from God toward other idols. They desired immediate deliverance from the desert, but they neglected to appreciate the daily sustenance God provided them in manna. Like the Israelites, we often lift our prayers seeking deliverance from some problem in life, yet God chooses to delay our deliverance so that we may fully grasp humility and dependence on the daily sustenance provided by the Father.

 

Questions to Discuss:

When has God delivered you from a time of trial?

When has God sustained you in a time of trial?

How did God’s sustenance affect your devotion?

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