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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts Paperback – April 22, 2008
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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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I purchased this book to use as a part of a Bible study that I am in. It is a hard thing to do to trust God and accept the difficulties that we all face in our lives. Tragedy, grief, loss, and death are part of life, and life often hurts. Life often seems unfair. These are concepts that are hard to understand in the light of an all-knowing, all-loving God. Jerry Bridges does a good job of helping to put these difficult concepts into the right perspective, and in helping us to realize that God is sovereign, but we can come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him more―even when unjust things happen. I found it to be a helpful book. If you found this review to be helpful, I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to mark it as such. Thanks!
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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He begins by addressing the question as to whether we can trust God or not. Of course, we should know the answer is that yes we can. Bridges explains with scripture that God is sovereign over our lives, over other people, the nations and over nature. God loves us and He cares. Bridges writes:
But God does care. God exercises His sovereignty for His glory and the good of His people.
Unfortunately when we face hardships we often forget about God’s glory and how He is working this circumstance for our good and ultimately making us more like His Son Jesus Christ. We may feel God has abandoned us. We may be angry that He ever allowed an event to happen. The author tells us:
Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don’t feel like it. The act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on the truth.
Some may not agree but the author points out that suffering “probably unites our hearts together in Christ more than any other aspect of fellowship” and that God “has a purpose in every pain He brings or allows in our lives. We can be sure that in some way He intends it for our profit and His glory.”
This book reminds us of these great truths. I highly recommend it for those who are struggling to understand what God is doing in their life through a difficult circumstance. It is also a helpful read for those who want to minister to and encourage those who are hurting.
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.