I’ve never been a big fan of fill in the blank Bible studies. I’d much rather dive directly into the Word and experience the joy of first hand discovery!
But there was one fill in the blank Bible study that was absolutely life changing for me: Henry Blackaby’s Bible study entitled, Experiencing God. A total shift in my thinking occurred while doing this study. I went from a “do whatever your hand finds to do for the Lord is surely with you” mentality to asking, “Where are you at work Lord? And how do you want me to join in?” And my life, and ministry, haven’t been the same since!
You see, God is always at work! The problem is unless we’re intentionally looking (and asking!) we sure can miss it! For just as His thoughts aren’t our thoughts, so His ways aren’t our ways! (Isaiah 55:8-9)
I use to read Luke 2:10, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out laborers into His field” and think that field must be somewhere else! I sure didn’t see a lot going on around me. But when I started asking the Lord that first question, “Where are you at work, Lord?” I was blown away at how He opened my eyes!
And then when I started asking that second question, it was amazing how many opportunities to join Him in His work came my way!!!
I recently met a woman who has been a believer for years. As we shared about our lives and I shared about the very special women I meet with, she exclaimed, “Where are you meeting these women?!” And I responded, “They’re just around me!”
You see, one of my all time favorite promises is found in James 1:5 where we’re told, “If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask of God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.” God is a generous giver! He loves to reveal things to us ~ but we need to ask!
In your desire to start discipling women, let me encourage you, take God up on His offer by asking Him daily where He’s at work and how He wants you to join in.
Nearly every time I meet a new woman I’m asking those two questions. Sometimes He may lay it on my heart to share a verse or pray with her and that’s all. Other times He impresses on me to ask her over for tea, to listen more. And sometimes He guides me to women He wants me investing in long term.
I don’t always know how He’ll direct at the beginning. It’s more like a dance with Him leading, than an assignment I run with. But it’s always, ALWAYS far, far better than anything I ever could come up with on my own!
And truly the best part of discipling women is how we get to experience God as we do this!