Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trusting God - Even When Life Hurts (Book Review)

Why is it easier to obey God than to trust Him?

Because obeying God makes sense to us.  In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don't want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us.  But the circumstances we find ourselves in often defy explanation.  When unexpected situations arise that appear unjust, irrational, or even dreadful, we feel confused and frustrated.  And before long, we begin to doubt God's concern for us or His control over our lives.
In Trusting God, author Jerry Bridges covers far more material than I can summarize in a brief review.  Here are a few of the major points:
  • Why we can trust God
  • Why God allows us to go through trials
  • How to trust Him in all circumstances
  • How we can grow through adversity
  • Why--and how to--choose to trust God
This book contains a wealth of solid information and wisdom.  I'd like to share a few passages that I especially liked:
  • "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.  That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth." (page 52)
  • "If you stop and think about it, you will realize that most godly character traits can only be developed through adversity.  The kind of love that gives freely of itself at great cost to itself can only be learned when we are confronted with situations that call forth a sacrificial love.  The fruit of the Spirit that is called joy cannot be learned in the midst of circumstances that produce mere 'natural' happiness." (page 128)
  • "Trust is not a passive state of mind.  It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelm us." (page 214)
  • "I once asked a dear saint of God who has experienced much adversity whether she found it as difficult to trust God in the minor difficulties of life as in the major ones.  She replied that she found the minor ones more difficult.  In times of major crisis she readily realized her utter dependence on God and quickly turned to Him, but she often tried to work through the more ordinary adversities herself.  Let us learn from her experience and seek to trust God in the ordinary circumstances of life." (page 219)
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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  Thanks to NavPress for the review opportunity.  This post contains an affiliate link:  If you click through my Amazon.com link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you!

3 comments :

  1. I like how you wrote up this review with the bullet points. And I love this book!

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  2. It sounds like a very solid book.

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  3. Perfect for this time we have aright now. I know right now I've had my moments and wondering.

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