Wednesday, September 09, 2009
BOOK REVIEW: SACRED WAITING--Waiting on God in a World That Waits for Nothing by David Timms
Author, David Timms is right when he says we live in a world that waits for nothing. "So we grumble when the computer takes two minutes to boot up. We eat a lot of fast food. We live attached to our cell phones or BlackBerrys so we can quickly pick up every call, text message, or email--even when on vacation."
Scripture constantly speaks of waiting: "Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength" (Isaiah 40:31). "I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard me cry." (Psalm 40:1).
"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." Pastor and Bible professor David Timms challenges believers to rediscover this lost spiritual discipline and 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.
Timms writes about what Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus learned from waiting and what we can learn from them. In addition, he writes about: The Advent, Lenten, Easter, Pentecost and Kingdom Wait. Although I spent years studying in Bible Colleges and Seminaries, I learned things from this book I had never known before. David Timms 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. He writes in an easy, free flowing manner that is easy to understand.
I recommend this splendid book as one of the best I have read on the subject of waiting on God.