As life buffets us from multiple directions and sources, it can be a time when we feel we have little strength to stand up to things no matter what season of life we are in or where we live. Life is not the same as it seemed to be. I know in my life that has been true as well as many I speak to and those who write blogs. The tests test us and our resiliency and resolve.
At just the right time, Debbie Wilson is releasing her new book, Little Strength, Big God, that has been my companion in this season. It has resonated with my heart when sleep alluded me and waited for me in my morning devotions. This newest book of Debbie’s is her best as she mines the deep truth of another portion of Hebrews 11.
The book is set up as a Bible study you can do on your own or share with others, but for those of you who don’t like ‘fill in the blanks’ (like me), you’ll discover her chapters are not like that and provoke thinking and application to the heroes she is writing about along with her own examples and stories.
The subtitle is Discover a God Greater than Your Goliaths which gives you a clue about the book’s theme and direction. There are chapters in the study for 8 weeks with each one having five days around the character it focuses on. They are not so long as to make this study cumbersome, but not so light you are not impacted.
Week one focuses on the midwives and Jochebed (the mother of Moses). Have you ever imagined what she must have experienced as she discovered her beautiful new baby boy had a death sentence on his head from Pharoah? What could she do to keep her precious boy from such a horror? Discover new insights into Jochebed as her fear of Pharoah was overcome by her fear of God.
Week two looks at Moses and how significant the actions of his mother were for the calling and plans God had for him despite his doubt and uncertainty. He like the others in this book were not feeling very strong and needed to learn how God would meet them in their weakness.
Week three takes us into the inspiring story of Joshua and Rahab who learned to find God in the most unexpected ways such as marching around the city of Jericho or trusting a prostitute for help.
Week four goes to the famous story of Gideon and his doubts of testing God with a challenge to keep the fleece dry and the ground wet, or the fleece wet and the ground dry, before he was willing to face the enemy with a paltry 300 men (many less than the enemy in front of Israel).
Week five brings us to Deborah and Barak that dives into what it means to give up idols of all kinds (not just what we think of from movies). And week six brings us to the powerful story of Jephthah and Samuel. This mother was barren and broken from that situation and then she prayed and promised to dedicate that child to God for the rest of his days. God heard and blessed her with Samuel. Next was how faithful she was to keep her promise despite the anguish it must have cost. God not only had much for Samuel to do but blessed her obedience with other children.
The strength of conviction is the theme of week seven where we meet the three Hebrew boys in exile whose faith in God collided with the culture and laws of the Babylonians. They trusted God to show them where to stand while yet serving the king. They passed the test of dietary laws and the next test resulted in them being thrown into a fiery furnace for not bowing down to an idol of the king.
Week eight brings it even more directly to the reader as the theme is David and you.
There is an introduction on how to get the most out of the book and an afterward on “Stronger Than Death.”
You may think you know these heroes and their stories well, but this book will dive deeper with Debbie’s keen insights, stories, and examples.
This book will encourage your heart in the midst of your own weakness and storms. Don’t miss it. Release date is September 5 but it can be ordered now.