Discover what awaits when we say yes to God.
Beth Guckenberger has compiled forty life-changing messages to encourage you to live with reckless faith. This devotional journey walks through the adventure and joy that follow a “yes” to Jesus. Through a unique approach of reflecting on experiences to create internal change and external action steps, each day tells personal stories of when she accepted a challenge to grow. Some stories take place on the mission field and some around her table, but all hold insight to inspire a life with Jesus, who longs to work in and through us all.
This 40-day devotional journey will help you:
- Experience reckless faith adventures
- Relate biblical truths to your daily life
- Understand God’s heart for others
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After ten years, I revisited the Reckless Faith stories that formed my faith and birthed this ministry, and reimagined them as devotionals. There’s new content in this book as well, as God is always teaching me when I am willing to learn. I’ve set up this devotional in a forty-day format, because forty is an important biblical number. Mentioned 146 times in Scripture, it generally symbolizes a period of testing and then renewal—think Moses and his forty years in Egypt, or the spies sent out for forty days. Think Jonah and forty days of warning Nineveh, and Elijah, who went forty days without food or water. Jesus was tested for forty days and appeared to the disciples for forty days until He ascended into Heaven.
Important pivots and decisions can be made in a forty-day time period, so I wanted us to walk together for those days and ask: Where are you calling me, Lord, what are you trying to show me or say to me, and how can I respond to You with yes?
In the start of 2018, I learned a new word that captivated me. Hineni is the Hebrew word translated as “Here I am.” More accurately, it translates, “Whatever it is you are asking of me, I am already in agreement of it.” It’s used eight times in the Bible and each use occurs at defining moments in the biblical characters’ lives, moments that required decision, action, and resolution, moments that required saying “yes” to God. Examples include, Moses saying “yes” when God called out to him to lead the Israelites out of slavery at the burning bush in Exodus 3, and Abraham saying “yes, here I am” when God called him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, in Genesis 22. I want to have a spirit of hineni. Not count costs, not count myself out, but if God asked, led, or prompted, I want to respond with yes. There is one time in Scripture when the Lord says hineni actually to us:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: (hineni) Here am I. – ISAIAH 58:6-9
There it is, the explanation of my whole Christian journey: busy about His work, in over my head, I needed Him to provide daily for what I didn’t have in natural reserves. So, some days I asked for wisdom or discernment, some days for self-control or patience. I hineni’d my way through adoptions, friendships, tough assignments, marital fights, and health crises. What follows are several dozen stories of moments when God responded, each time saying “Here am I” and asking me to say “yes” to an ever-evolving reckless faith.
BETH GUCKENBERGER is the Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries. Beth and Todd have a large family they’ve formed through biological, foster, and adoptive children. She is an author and speaker, sharing her experience as a mother, a missionary, and a student of God’s Word.