The story of Joseph is my favorite story of the Bible because it reveals the faithfulness of God over a long period of time as well as the faithfulness of one man to God over a long period of time. Wayne Stiles’ new book Waiting on God: What to do When God does Nothing, (Baker, 2015), is a wonderful exposition of this great story of scripture.
Stiles begins with a very insightful and background setting chapter titled, Living in the Gaps with God, in which he notes that just as the Bible is full of gaps that leave the readers wondering about a great deal, so to Joseph’s life has gaps in them what leave us wondering if we are normal when we hear of God’s great movement in others lives. But as he notes, “We need to accept the gaps between great moments as God’s will, but we also must learn how to live in these dull spaces.” The rest of the book is a wonderful re-telling of Joseph waiting on God in the gaps of his life that we have no record of and yet see what happens because, this reviewer believes, the high points recorded in the Genesis account reveals the faithfulness of Joseph, and the Lord, in the long gaps of Joseph’s life.
Waiting on God is both an inspirational and educational reminder that God works in the nooks and crannies of people’s lives in ways that we cannot fully see. It is a book that serves as a reminder that God’s good and great sovereignty is still at work today.
I enjoyed this book for a fresh re-telling of my favorite Bible story. I rate it a “great” read!
Note: I received a copy of this book via the Baker Book Bloggers program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.