Hold On offers encouragement and practical application for those who are waiting on God to act on a given promise. God sovereignly
chooses and trusts His children to walk through a journey of waiting on Him. It is during these times that great reward is offered to those who actively and eagerly wait on Him through the power of the Holy Spirit, making the most of the time they have been given.
- Author Debby Akerman weaves the theme of the sovereignty of God throughout her book, asserting that God’s sovereignty is what allows us to trust in Him during times of waiting. What other characteristics of God must we believe in order for us to trust Him to fulfill His promises to bring about good in our wait and in our lives in general?
- In chapter 3, the author states that because of what we believe about God’s ability and power, we expect short waits. The characteristics that we believe about God, i.e. His omnipotence, affects our expectations of Him. Knowing that He can change a situation but chooses not to has the potential to create a lot of frustration in our hearts. How does our theology about God and our experience with Him often create crises of faith? Why, then, is our dependence upon the Bible so important, as the author points out in chapter 4?
- Chapter 4 offers some practical instructions on waiting well. Throughout the book, the author unapologetically teaches that waiting on God is an active waiting. Most notably, one of our primary directives is to draw close in our relationship to Christ and continually place ourselves at His feet. Isaiah 40:31 notes that those who hope or wait on the Lord will be strong and faithful. The Hebrew word translated as “hope” or “wait” means to bind and twist together. How does this truth inform our view of actively waiting for God to act?
- The author clearly offers her experience and study of God’s Word concerning waiting on the premise that the reader is waiting for the culmination of a promise that God has given. However, in chapters 13 and 16, she notes that some people must endure an intense wait when God has not given answers or promises. How is waiting for God’s promise to be fulfilled different from waiting on God to act or speak without already receiving clear direction from Him?
- It is often in a type of intense waiting that God ultimately reveals that His redemption is certain, even if not in the way that we wanted or for which we prayed. How do we maintain our trust in God’s wisdom during this type of wait? What about during the aftermath of prayers answered differently than we desired in our human hearts?
- Mentioning characters in the Bible such as David, whose waiting to become king spanned 12 years, the author notes that waiting is often a time of preparation. How can we specifically not waste our time of waiting so that we are prepared and fit for God’s promise to be revealed?
- In chapter 14, the author seeks to encourage her readers with the truth that God does not waste pain and that He will redeem the hurts of His people. How can some of this redemption come in the form of ministry to those who are struggling through similar circumstances? How can we actively wait in a way that transforms us into usable vessels for God to use to minister to others in the future?
- Pray for the Spirit to strengthen you and enable you to obey Him as you endure a difficult wait (whether now or in the future).
- Pray for God to draw you closer to Him and give you a love for His Word, deepening your relationship with Him in preparation for or endurance in a challenging time.
- Pray for God to show opportunities for your struggle to be a source of hope and comfort for those who are enduring similar challenges.
- Identify truths about God that you have learned in your wait with Him that you could not have learned any other way. Look honestly and deeply at your situation.
- Evaluate your relationship with Christ to determine if you are pulling away from Him out of frustration. Confess your deepest heart pains. Repent of any sinful thoughts or actions toward God. Identify ways that you can draw closer to Him through study, prayer, community, and repentance.
- Invite several close spiritual friends to be a part of waiting actively with you on your journey and begin specific preparation to study and pray with them. If you are not in a time of waiting, look for others who need support and encouragement in a time of waiting or struggle.