- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: NavPress; New edition (April 22, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600063055
- ISBN-13: 978-1600063053
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 580 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adversity is hard to endure and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child? Grappling with His concern for us we ask, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?”
In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God. As you begin to explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you’ll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely—even when life hurts.
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Jerry lays a Biblical foundation for trusting God in every circumstance in life. He speaks highly of Gods sovereignty and goodness toward those in Christ. Jerry addresses various areas every Christian struggles to trust God with, suffering, salvation, your heart, others hearts, Gods goodness and faithfulness, failing health and even the weather. It is a well written and powerful read.
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The reason God's Sovereignty is such an important subject is that the Christian life is a life of faith in God's promises, His character, nature, and plans - all of which require our trust when we can't see what's in front of us, or why things happen the way they do. The more we know what God is really like - biblically - the more we are able to trust Him daily.
Jerry Bridges covers the following topics with biblical support, practical insight, and wise application:
1) Can You Trust God?
2) Is God in Control?
3) The Sovereignty of God
4) God's Sovereignty Over People
5) God's Rule Over Nations
6) God's Power Over Nature
7) God's Sovereignty and Our Responsibility
8) The Wisdom of God
9) Knowing God's Love
10) Experiencing God's Love
11) Trusting God for Who You Are
12) Growing Through Adversity
13) Choosing to Trust God
14) Giving Thanks Always
The author provides a myriad of reasons in this book into the how, why, what, and when's involved in trusting God and His infinite trustworthiness for living the Christian life. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's been a tremendous source of encouragement for me in incredibly tough seasons of life.
This is essentially about the providence and sovereignty of God. In learning to trust God it is important to understand who He is, and because of who God is (sovereign and provident) I can trust Him. He knows all. He sees all. The more a person gains a clearer understanding of God's sovereignty and providence, the more liberating and freeing it is to trust Him. Sovereignty has to do with God’s authority and power while providence is the means by which He governs all things both here and in the universe. Because He is both, I can trust Him with everything that happens to me. Believe me when I say that trusting God is not always easy to do (for me anyway). I have been a Christian for over 30 years. Reading this book was timely when I recently went through a personal trial that literally forced me to ‘trust’ God and also trust that He would work all things out when it appeared out of control. Jerry’s book has been comforting and very helpful while going through this time. It has also expanded my view of who God is.