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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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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.
Jerry Bridges begins his book by describing all the things that can go wrong in life. And the list is long. We really are living in the "age of anxiety" as the author explains. Just watch the news if you don't agree.
So with so much turmoil in the world who can we trust? The author believes we can trust God because he is sovereign. This turns out to be quite a heavy subject. But if you've lived nearly half a century you probably will agree with the author's point of view. When you look back on your life you can see how trials and tribulation affected you on a spiritual level and created a better you.
The truth is you may find many conflicts in your mind while reading this book. Atheists would say that because there is evil in the world that proves there is no God. The author however explains how God has an eternal perspective and sees life differently than we do. I feel that if there is no God there is no justice. So I can't deny God's existence on that point.
If you have just discovered this book there is probably a really good reason. God wants to comfort you and this book will let you know that he does care about you. We have to trust God one circumstance at a time. If everything went your way you'd never have the opportunity to trust God fully for deliverance.
This book was especially meaningful to me as my brother just died and we still don't know why. It was however apparent to me that it was God's will because the movie I watched on the day of my brother's funeral...well the main character had my brother's name. So I know God is with me and is telling me everything is working as planned. That doesn't make all the sadness go away but it gives me hope that God does care and has things under control.
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