What do we do when things don’t happen as expected? We may be diagnosed with cancer or lose a job we had for many years. In his book “Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts” Jerry Bridges encourages his readers to continue to trust God.
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.
What book have you just finished? How did God speak to you through it?