There have only been two books in my life (other than the Bible) that have spiritually inspired me to such a significant degree and this book is one of them. Granted, both of the books were read while I was at a very discouraged point, desperately seeking answers. But regardless, in my opinion this is a great book.
As many of you know, last week I took a week off, out of discouragement, to unplug from life and plug into God. All I did was pray, journal, read my Bible and read this book for several days in a row. Amazingly, I felt as if God spoke to me loudly even on the very next day of my “fast.” And by day three and four, I felt even greater clarity about what God was saying to me.
I have to give credit for that clarity to this book and the way God is using Steven’s humble heart and message.
The idea behind the book is taken from Joshua chapter 10, when Joshua prayed an audacious prayer for God to make the sun stand still long enough for the Israelite army to defeat their enemies. That may seem like a selfish prayer, but Joshua was simply acting upon the victory God had already promised him. At the point when Joshua prayed his prayer, things weren’t going the Israelite’s way. But Joshua didn’t give up in the face of “discouragement” or seeming defeat. He claimed what God so graciously wanted to give him and the entire nation, so that God’s power would be demonstrated.
There were two major “ah ha” moments (among many) for me that I had while reading this book. The first was realizing just how much I look to people to give me confidence and confirm my direction or ability. But Furtick reminded me that it’s all about God! God is the one who makes the good things in my life happen—not me! You might think that wouldn’t be an encouraging thing to realize. But the reality is that I feel a huge weight being lifted and a renewed desire to focus completely on Him as He is strong in my weakness.
Now, let me back up a little—Furtick is no “name it and claim it” kind of preacher. He simply wants us to realize how “good” and how “great” our God is. And if we really believe that, then we will be bold enough, “audacious” (a word that Furtick should coin!) enough to ask God for big things. Now that doesn’t mean we can feed our “cash cow.” This isn’t about making our lives easier. This is about daring to walk into dangerous territory knowing that God will go before us to do great things!
I’m guilty—I have to admit that I’ve prayed wimpy, non-pushy prayers because I didn’t want to presume upon God! This was my second “ah ha” moment. I think somewhere along the line I picked up the idea that it’s wrong to presume that anyone would give me something good. I should beg and plead for it—because I don’t deserve it—and then quietly back peddle if anyone, but especially God, says “no.”
My old view of God is way too small, too weak, and so terribly stingy! Now I’m learning to view Him as a hugely loving and generous God who wants me to ask Him for big, bold, audacious requests—because He can deliver! Wow—such a gracious God, we serve! Who knew?!
I give Steven Furtick’s book, Sun Stand Still, an A++ rating.
So don’t just sit there, go buy it today! If you take Furtick’s message to heart, it will be the first of many great things you’ll do!