Idle Time (Week 3, Day 4)

compassAs we continue with our women’s bible study by reading One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land we’re learning about “in-between” times with God. Author Priscilla Shirer describes this idle time as the perfect time for the enemy to convince us that God does not love us and has forgotten about us. Yikes! Who wants to be in that place!

Through our study today, we learn to recognize the in-between time and how to respond while God seems quiet in our lives. We looked at specific scripture verses to see examples of this in the Bible. Fortunately, we also discover the eight principles on which we need to focus during this idle time (Philippians 4:4-8)

  1. Whatever is true
  2. Whatever is honorable
  3. Whatever is right
  4. Whatever is pure
  5. Whatever is lovely
  6. Whatever is of good repute
  7. If there is any excellence
  8. If there is anything worthy of praise

Hopefully you followed Priscilla’s advice on page 73, and you’ve written these onto an index card for easy reference during the in-between time.

Prayer Requests

Father God, we purposefully focus on Philippians 4, versus 4 through 8 as we face the frustration of idle time, when we are not hearing Your voice or living in daily awareness of Your Presence. Keep our eyes centered on You as we wait in obedience and faith for Your response. While it seems to us that nothing is happening in our wilderness journey, You know the plan and direction best for us. We pray for your direction as we focus on the eight principles given to us by your servant Paul. Amen.

Priscilla Shirer Quotes

  • Complaining is what kept God’s people from passing their spiritual tests.
  • Unwilling to recall God’s past goodness or anticipate His future activity, they became blind to what God was doing in the now.
  • Grumbling against the Lord’s plan for our lives is a serious offense.

Today’s Scripture Verses (NASB)

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21

Do all things without grumbling or disputing. Philippians 2:14

Group Discussion

Have you personally experience an “in-between” time with God? How did it feel to you? Why do you think God allows this idle time in our lives?

Following Him,

Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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  • Tamara says:

    Also, today’s message really hit close to home. I need to involve myself with a Women’s Bible Study group that reads inspiring books and discusses them. I am craving a closer bond with God, and I can only get it by studying his word. Thank you so much for creating such a wonderful site. Tamara

  • Tamara says:

    Hi, I love today’s message. I am late in joining this group. Do you recommend I buy the book and catch-up or wait until it starts up again. Thank you so much, and God Bless each and every one of you. Tamara

    • Christine says:

      We’re not going to repeat this study, so you can get a workbook and jump in now, or wait for us to start a new study in the summer. Welcome!!!

  • Miriam says:

    I felt far away and thirsty because I need God daily.. the deep call unto the deep and it’s important to me that I find myself in deep water when it comes to his presance…

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