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  1. Lydia Lydia says:

    I want to tell you a story It s about this book I started it several years ago A friend and I thought that we should read a book together over summer break, because we were going through a similar and painful experience She finished it.I did not.Fast forward a dozen or so calendar pages, and I m half way through my senior year Placerita Baptist Church was my home away from home church for 3 years, and I was pretty involved with the college group there A discipleship opportunity came u I want to tell you a story It s about this book I started it several years ago A friend and I thought that we should read a book together over summer break, because we were going through a similar and painful experience She finished it.I did not.Fast forward a dozen or so calendar pages, and I m half way through my senior year Placerita Baptist Church was my home away from home church for 3 years, and I was pretty involved with the college group there A discipleship opportunity came up, and I jumped at it I was to meet with Rebecca once every other week and guess what book she picked My first reaction was, OkI tried this one before I d rather read something else But then I thought, Why not It s your last yearI m sure there s bound to be something that this book has to say that will blow your mind Little did I knowFast forward a few weeks and I m so overwhelmed I m not sure how to see straight My brother s dying in the hospitalI have no idea what I m doing with my lifeand finals are coming With all the uncertainty, I wasn t sure how to feel Through all of that, this book hounded with constant repetition into me the idea that all things happen for the glory of God and my absolute goodand it stuck That meant that even if I failed my finals.even if I was without a job and without funds to continue my schoolingeven if the Lord decided to take my precious brother homeit was goodand evenamazing, God was good too.The point of this story I recommend this bookit may get tedious at timesbut I am certain that the Lord wanted me to read it when he wanted me to read itand for that I m very thankful ___________________________Update November 14, 2012As Thanksgiving is a week away, I am reminded of the many blessings of our Lord He has His purposes in life that are sometimes beyond us Often, we can get lost in the why s and how s of His plan Yet, He never leaves our side, and He is still worthy of our trust And He is always eternally good.I wrote the above post in a time of uncertainty Finals were looming I didn t know how God would provide for me financially My relationships were uncertain My brother was very ill There were so many unanswered why s and how s Now some of those circumstances seem comical I passed all my finals God gave me a great job teaching at a Christian School, and I met the love of my life, James But God in His goodness had different plans for my brother On May 19, 2012, he breathed his last breath on earth and saw the Savior As painful as that was and still is, it s good It always was good It always will be good God never left His throne, and my brother is happier where he is than than the happiest day you can imagine on earth For that, I am thankful and blessed, and I could not ask for .ANDThe story is not over There are still chapters to be written But the Lord is still powerful, faithful, and goodworthy of our trust Keep the Faith


  2. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    I love Jerry Bridges books It s sad that there will be noas the author died last year However, we still have a good number to read They are simple yet profound bringing Gospel truths to millions This is probably my favourite of his, followed by Respectable Sins.I anticipate reading this book again and again especially when going through trials It is easy to read about the sovereignty of God and mentally concur with this truth But in Christian life and practice we often forget and try I love Jerry Bridges books It s sad that there will be noas the author died last year However, we still have a good number to read They are simple yet profound bringing Gospel truths to millions This is probably my favourite of his, followed by Respectable Sins.I anticipate reading this book again and again especially when going through trials It is easy to read about the sovereignty of God and mentally concur with this truth But in Christian life and practice we often forget and try to manage things on our own This book is a reminder that God is in control and that everything in our lives happens according to His plan and purpose for us Highly recommended


  3. Jeff Shelnutt Jeff Shelnutt says:

    Christians of yesteryear used to speak of events and circumstances as not being due to second causes This was a quaint way of speaking of God s sovereignty And this is where Bridges begins If we are to trust God, we must believe He really is in control of our lives, that He is wise in His dealings, and that He is loving.God always seek His own glory But He also seeks the good of those who love HimGod never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek Christians of yesteryear used to speak of events and circumstances as not being due to second causes This was a quaint way of speaking of God s sovereignty And this is where Bridges begins If we are to trust God, we must believe He really is in control of our lives, that He is wise in His dealings, and that He is loving.God always seek His own glory But He also seeks the good of those who love HimGod never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek our good at the expense of His glory He has designed His eternal purpose so that His glory and our good are inextricably bound togetherTherefore, we can trust Him Occasionally I will read a book at a time when it s words resonate at a perfect pitch and minister to my particular needs This book was one of those Bridges delicately but scripturally handles an often controversial subject God s sovereignty He doesn t apologize for a clear biblical teaching, nor does he minimize our responsibility to trust and obeyThe truth we must believe is that God is sovereign He carries out His own good purposes without ever being thwarted.We must believe this and cling to this in the face of adversity and tragedy, if we are to glorify God in the face of adversity and tragedy, if we are to glorify God by trusting Him And the truth is, we all experience adversity and tragedy We all face numerous annoyances and inconveniences And we all are tempted to question whether or not God is really in complete control If we can lay hold of God s sovereignty, we can also trust that He is wiseGod in His infinite wisdom knows exactly what adversity we need to growandinto the likeness of His Son He not only knows exactly what we need but when we need it and how best to bring it to pass in our livesAnd along with with His sovereignty and wisdom, we know because of the Cross that God is loveIf we want proof of God s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins Calvary is the one objective, irrefutable proof of God s love for usBridges never minimizes the difficulty of trusting God in the midst of suffering or hardship He reminds the reader that it is an act of the will to cast our anxieties on the Lord, but an act of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and grant us peace We choose to trust God, even when we don t feel His presence We stand upon the promises of Scripture and trust the Lord to accomplish His purposes, namely, to bring the Christian into greater and greater conformity to Jesus


  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    Great book on God s sovereignty in the midst of difficult circumstances A great answer to the popular book Why bad things happen to good people The very title of that book reveals the lack of theological foundation needed to explore this topic Chapter 7 which deals with God s sovereignty and our responsibility is worth the price of the book alone.Some takeaways Prayer is the acknowledgment of God s sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf Prudence is the acknowledge Great book on God s sovereignty in the midst of difficult circumstances A great answer to the popular book Why bad things happen to good people The very title of that book reveals the lack of theological foundation needed to explore this topic Chapter 7 which deals with God s sovereignty and our responsibility is worth the price of the book alone.Some takeaways Prayer is the acknowledgment of God s sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf Prudence is the acknowledgement of our responsibility to use all legitimate means We must not only pray for God s providence in our lives, but we must also pray for wisdom to rightl understand our circumstances and use the means He has given us We should never use God s sovereignty as an excuse for our laziness or sin Not only is God sovereign, He is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom Dependence comes before perseverance Depend on God daily and He will give you the perseverance We are responsible to trust Him in times of adversity, but we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us to do so


  5. Becky Pliego Becky Pliego says:

    2020 This book has become a good friend to me It is the kind of talk that a faithful friend will always be happy to repeat Read also in 2015, 2017, 2018, 20192013 Wonderful So grateful for my friend Robin who recommended it to me.I finished it today and tomorrow I will start reading it aloud at the breakfast table with my children.


  6. Kara Kara says:

    Where is God when horrible things happen What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin cursed world These are questions that I never gave much thoughtuntil I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life There seemed to be only three clear choices Where is God when horrible things happen What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin cursed world These are questions that I never gave much thoughtuntil I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life There seemed to be only three clear choices A God isn t able to interveneB God chooses not to interveneC God is in full control of what is happeningEven then, I instinctively felt that God was in complete control of everything that was happening, even if I didn t understand His reasons for allowing me to go through these things Everything I knew about God s nature screamed to me that neither option A or B could possibly be correct Still, I wanted to see concrete proof in Scripture to confirm what I felt the Holy Spirit was telling me.After many hours of praying and searching my Bible, I was convinced that nothing that happened to me was an accidentthat God was in complete control of every single thing that went on, down to the tiniest detail I actually found this a tremendous comfortthat even when I felt completely helpless and had NO control over my circumstances or the horrible loss I was going through which included three miscarriages and a preterm stillbirth , I was never for one minute out of God s hand Even though I didn t understand why I had to go through so much pain, I trusted that He knew what He was doing For someone with control freak tendencies like me, letting go of my need to be in control of the situation and to have an answer or explanation for everything and putting myself completely in God s hands was an extremely difficult thing to do.Jerry Bridges addresses this exact issue in Trusting God Even When Life Hurts If you ve read my reviews of other books by Dr Bridges, you know that I really enjoy his writing I think this one is my favorite so far He expresses what I came to strongly believe during that period in my life mucheloquently than I ever could Dr Bridges wrote this book based on a lengthy Bible study he did on the subject during a time of adversity in his own life.He points out that most Christians find it much easier to obey God than to trust Him We can handle things pretty well when His expectations are clearly laid out and we know what to do, but when life gets messy and we don t understand what s going on and can t see the outcome or don t like the one we do see , it s easier to place blame on other factors instead of trusting that God knows what He s doing The moral will of God given to us in the Bible is rational and reasonable The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and inexplicable The law of God is readily recognized to be good for us, even when we don t want to obey it The circumstances of our lives frequently appear to be dreadful and grim or perhaps even calamitous and tragic Obeying God is worked out within well defined boundaries of God s revealed will Trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries We do not know the extent, the duration, or the frequency of the painful, adverse circumstances in which we must frequently trust God We are always coping with the unknown Yet it is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him When we disobey God we defy His authority and despise His holiness But when we fail to trust God we doubt His sovereignty and question His goodness The book begins by addressing this critical issue Can we trust God Is He trustworthy Confidence in the sovereignty of God in all that affects us is crucial to our trusting Him If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God s sovereign control, then we cannot trust Him His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, we cannot trust Him You may entrust to me your most valuable possessions I may love you and my aim to honor your trust may be sincere, but if I do not have the power or ability to guard your valuables, you cannot truly entrust them to me In the first half of the book, Dr Bridges takes us through a thorough study of God s sovereignty over people, nations, and nature as taught in Scripture In Chapter 7, he tackles the issue of our responsibility in light of God s sovereignty The last few chapters address how God s wisdom and love factor in to the equation God in His love always wills what is best for us In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about He wraps up by applying all we ve seen of God s character personally how we can know and experience God s love, and trust Him and be thankful, no matter our circumstances.Dr Bridges isn t afraid to tackle the tough issues brought up by the subject of God s sovereignty, and he does it with grace and humility Trusting God is eloquent, Scripture saturated, and encouraging Do yourself a favorget and read Trusting God now so you ll be standing on a firm foundation when not if circumstances seem to be trying to knock you off your feet Thanks so much to Navpress for the review copy of this book I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own ReadUnder Creative Commons License Attribution


  7. Cherie S. Cherie S. says:

    Amazing, wonderful, godly, true I loved every chapter Review to follow


  8. Philip Philip says:

    Christian books often frustrate me, which I guess is why I don t read as many of them as the people around me seem to.I end up getting annoyed by analogies that fall apart under the least scrutiny, circular reasoning, and the panacea of faith to handle all other logical conundrums encountered.I found this book refreshing and candid It wasn t perfect I still found myself asking, yeah, but what if And, would you please tell me where you re getting that information as on p 177Some Christian books often frustrate me, which I guess is why I don t read as many of them as the people around me seem to.I end up getting annoyed by analogies that fall apart under the least scrutiny, circular reasoning, and the panacea of faith to handle all other logical conundrums encountered.I found this book refreshing and candid It wasn t perfect I still found myself asking, yeah, but what if And, would you please tell me where you re getting that information as on p 177Someone has estimated that as many as eighty percent of our work force are dissatisfied with the jobs they are inYeah Ummm I just estimated that right now Or p 198It is no wonder that someone has observed few Christians finish wellWho is this someone that keeps appearing But all in all Bridges did a good job of answering the unasked follow up questions that other Christian authors ignore.For instance, I found myself getting annoyed the whole way through chapter 3 which deals with the sovereignty of God It went through multiple biblical examples of trial, struggle and stress, and in every case, at the end God s purpose was revealed I kept thinking, yeah, but those people didn t know it at the time It s almost like Bridges wants us to go out and say, Yeah, you re going through a tough time, cancer really sucks, doesn t it Yeah, I ll bet those tubes are uncomfortable, here s a Bible for you It was really getting under my skin Then, at the end though Bridges addsA Word of Caution The material in this chapter is tough stuff It should be read, studied, and prayed about when life isor less routineAbove all, we need to be very sensitive about instructing someone else in the sovereignty of God and encouraging that person to trust God when he or she is in the midst of adversity or pain It is much easier to trust in the sovereignty of God when it is the other person who is hurtingp 53 That little caveat as obvious and simplistic as it was assuaged my contempt for the book and allowed me to continue reading it with an open mind Had he not put that in there, I think I may not have finished what s that forest for the trees clich A brief aside, that s not a spoiler, but is nonetheless not pertinent to the review, so I m putting a spoiler alert on it in case you don t feel like wasting your time view spoiler This is my problem with Christ s parables as well I get so hung up on the trivialities, that I can t see the big picture I may have mentioned this before I think we can all sympathize with so many of the characters in so many of the stories The prodigal son many of us have been in the position of both the good son, and the bad as well as the father I often miss the point, because I understand the contempt of the older brother when the father kills the fatted calf for his slovenly, wasteful younger sibling The father tries to calm him by saying everything I have is yours That s true but that means the fatted calf was his, but now his brother s getting it That s always bothered me it s bothered me so much that I miss the point that the older brother should have been the one offering up his fatted calf Anyway forest for the trees, or whatever it is hide spoiler We started reading this during a men s Bible Study at church I don t think I ve paid for it yet and this was back in March or so I have to remember to do that.The book is not preachy, and it doesn t try to proselytize But with that in mind it s written for people who 1 Believe there is a God2 Believe He is the Father of Jesus Christ3 Believe the Bible is truthI m not saying you won t get anything out of this book if you don t already believe those things, but I am saying I don t think this book was written with you in mind It starts after a set of presuppositions has been established.And lets face it, for those of us who do believe in God, sometimes trusting that God is tough I mean, why can t we all just live forever here on earth Why d he have to allow that damn snake in the Garden in the first place I don t get cancer, or logs falling off trucks and crashing into passing cars a personal phobia but looking around and seeing the complexity and order of the world, I believe in a God And seeing the way things are, and the way things could be, I believe in perfection It s tough to believe that there is a god, and that He or She or It if you prefer is perfect, and that He s just up there winging it Bridges does a good job of bringing us back to scripture to show us that isn t the case


  9. Dominique Dominique says:

    I walked into this book bound but I walked out freeI originally got this book because to be quite frank because I thought it was apropos after having lost my home, all my possessions and having my health seriously compromised this past July in an environmental accident A reminder to trust God in the midst of all that seemed well right Little did I know how important the message in this book would be for me in this moment of my journey.Warning this book is not for the faint hea I walked into this book bound but I walked out freeI originally got this book because to be quite frank because I thought it was apropos after having lost my home, all my possessions and having my health seriously compromised this past July in an environmental accident A reminder to trust God in the midst of all that seemed well right Little did I know how important the message in this book would be for me in this moment of my journey.Warning this book is not for the faint hearted It will challenge you, remind you, move you, undo you, humble you, lift you, convict you and ultimately, change you.When I started reading the book, I thought I lived in a way that allowed God to function in my life unhindered or out of the box, if you will However, I quickly learned that I had actually forgotten how big He is and how sovereign He is In addition, I came to the brutal reality that I had not let Him out of the box but had actually put him back in the box SighI had climbed back up into the front seat, grabbed the steering wheel from God and had taken over for him, yet again The sad thing is, I hadn t even realized that I had done that.This book reminded me of so many things God is sovereign, God loves me unconditionally, God is ALWAYS there even when I can t feel or sense him, God NEVER lies and on and on I walked into this book,, bound but walked out of it, free.There is a quote that Jerry Bridges writes at the end of the book that perfectly sums this book up He says, 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 overwhelms us Bottom line, for me personally, is that this book reminded me that this thing called Christianity is a relationship with a real God and it takes a continuous effort on my part as well I must vigorously work to constantly stand in the midst of unthinkable challenges and situations and trust that God is working everything out for my good.Jerry reminds us that if we believe God is sovereign, then we must also understand while living our lives accordingly that God brings all the good things that come into our life and we should always give Him thanks for and and this was the part that was so challenging for me that GOD also ALLOWS THE BAD TO COME IN AS WELL He does if for several reasons For His glory, for our good or for both His glory and our good.Coming to terms with the concept that God allowed the incident that happened to me personally in which I lost my home and all my possessions, as well as, the damage that was caused to my lungs, was challenging to say the least It challenged me on so many levels It drove me to read Job over and over I struggled to understand why And then something incredible happened I realized that if He allowed it, He already had the answer on its way He was already taking care of me He would lead me forward and show me the way This horrible situation that happened to me was not mistake, it wasn t fate, it wasn t the cosmos He already knew The whole situation had been in His hands the whole entire time I was never alone even when every fiber of my being told me I was Incredible Why it happened questions suddenly fell to the wayside and were replaced with what questions What do you want me to do God Beyond my own crisis, this book also put the times we live in and all the craziness that is going on all around us, into perspective for me, as well I don t have to fret or worry or wonder, because, God is in control of EVERY detail He knows exactly what He is doing and all I have to do is CHOOSE to TRUST HIM.For me, there was this ability in that epiphany to just breathe and let go I was finally able to surrender what happened to with my home, possessions, and health, as well as, what was happening around me I knew that someone great than me, than greater than all, was in complete control I could finally let go of the steering wheel and follow I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging 4 Books program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255


  10. Ryan Trzeciak Ryan Trzeciak says:

    God is sovereign, wise, and good He knows what is best, knows how to accomplish what is best, has the power to do what is best, and will always do what is best Bridges provides flesh to the bones of Romans 8 28 29 that leaves little doubt as to our responsibility and the joy we find in trusting our great God.


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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts [Download] ➹ Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts ➾ Jerry Bridges – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God s sovereignty The revelations changed his lifeIn Trusting In an effort Even When eBook ☆ to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Navigator author Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on God s sovereignty The revelations changed his lifeIn Trusting Trusting God: PDF/EPUB or God, he shares the scope of God s power to help you come to know Him better, have a relationship with Him, and trust Him even when unjust things happenTragedy, grief, loss, and death are God: Even When eBook ✓ part of life Discover how Trusting God can reveal biblical truths about GodAlso available Trusting God Discussion Guide.

10 thoughts on “Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts

  1. Lydia Lydia says:

    I want to tell you a story It s about this book I started it several years ago A friend and I thought that we should read a book together over summer break, because we were going through a similar and painful experience She finished it.I did not.Fast forward a dozen or so calendar pages, and I m half way through my senior year Placerita Baptist Church was my home away from home church for 3 years, and I was pretty involved with the college group there A discipleship opportunity came u I want to tell you a story It s about this book I started it several years ago A friend and I thought that we should read a book together over summer break, because we were going through a similar and painful experience She finished it.I did not.Fast forward a dozen or so calendar pages, and I m half way through my senior year Placerita Baptist Church was my home away from home church for 3 years, and I was pretty involved with the college group there A discipleship opportunity came up, and I jumped at it I was to meet with Rebecca once every other week and guess what book she picked My first reaction was, OkI tried this one before I d rather read something else But then I thought, Why not It s your last yearI m sure there s bound to be something that this book has to say that will blow your mind Little did I knowFast forward a few weeks and I m so overwhelmed I m not sure how to see straight My brother s dying in the hospitalI have no idea what I m doing with my lifeand finals are coming With all the uncertainty, I wasn t sure how to feel Through all of that, this book hounded with constant repetition into me the idea that all things happen for the glory of God and my absolute goodand it stuck That meant that even if I failed my finals.even if I was without a job and without funds to continue my schoolingeven if the Lord decided to take my precious brother homeit was goodand evenamazing, God was good too.The point of this story I recommend this bookit may get tedious at timesbut I am certain that the Lord wanted me to read it when he wanted me to read itand for that I m very thankful ___________________________Update November 14, 2012As Thanksgiving is a week away, I am reminded of the many blessings of our Lord He has His purposes in life that are sometimes beyond us Often, we can get lost in the why s and how s of His plan Yet, He never leaves our side, and He is still worthy of our trust And He is always eternally good.I wrote the above post in a time of uncertainty Finals were looming I didn t know how God would provide for me financially My relationships were uncertain My brother was very ill There were so many unanswered why s and how s Now some of those circumstances seem comical I passed all my finals God gave me a great job teaching at a Christian School, and I met the love of my life, James But God in His goodness had different plans for my brother On May 19, 2012, he breathed his last breath on earth and saw the Savior As painful as that was and still is, it s good It always was good It always will be good God never left His throne, and my brother is happier where he is than than the happiest day you can imagine on earth For that, I am thankful and blessed, and I could not ask for .ANDThe story is not over There are still chapters to be written But the Lord is still powerful, faithful, and goodworthy of our trust Keep the Faith

  2. Natalie Vellacott Natalie Vellacott says:

    I love Jerry Bridges books It s sad that there will be noas the author died last year However, we still have a good number to read They are simple yet profound bringing Gospel truths to millions This is probably my favourite of his, followed by Respectable Sins.I anticipate reading this book again and again especially when going through trials It is easy to read about the sovereignty of God and mentally concur with this truth But in Christian life and practice we often forget and try I love Jerry Bridges books It s sad that there will be noas the author died last year However, we still have a good number to read They are simple yet profound bringing Gospel truths to millions This is probably my favourite of his, followed by Respectable Sins.I anticipate reading this book again and again especially when going through trials It is easy to read about the sovereignty of God and mentally concur with this truth But in Christian life and practice we often forget and try to manage things on our own This book is a reminder that God is in control and that everything in our lives happens according to His plan and purpose for us Highly recommended

  3. Jeff Shelnutt Jeff Shelnutt says:

    Christians of yesteryear used to speak of events and circumstances as not being due to second causes This was a quaint way of speaking of God s sovereignty And this is where Bridges begins If we are to trust God, we must believe He really is in control of our lives, that He is wise in His dealings, and that He is loving.God always seek His own glory But He also seeks the good of those who love HimGod never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek Christians of yesteryear used to speak of events and circumstances as not being due to second causes This was a quaint way of speaking of God s sovereignty And this is where Bridges begins If we are to trust God, we must believe He really is in control of our lives, that He is wise in His dealings, and that He is loving.God always seek His own glory But He also seeks the good of those who love HimGod never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek our good at the expense of His glory He has designed His eternal purpose so that His glory and our good are inextricably bound togetherTherefore, we can trust Him Occasionally I will read a book at a time when it s words resonate at a perfect pitch and minister to my particular needs This book was one of those Bridges delicately but scripturally handles an often controversial subject God s sovereignty He doesn t apologize for a clear biblical teaching, nor does he minimize our responsibility to trust and obeyThe truth we must believe is that God is sovereign He carries out His own good purposes without ever being thwarted.We must believe this and cling to this in the face of adversity and tragedy, if we are to glorify God in the face of adversity and tragedy, if we are to glorify God by trusting Him And the truth is, we all experience adversity and tragedy We all face numerous annoyances and inconveniences And we all are tempted to question whether or not God is really in complete control If we can lay hold of God s sovereignty, we can also trust that He is wiseGod in His infinite wisdom knows exactly what adversity we need to growandinto the likeness of His Son He not only knows exactly what we need but when we need it and how best to bring it to pass in our livesAnd along with with His sovereignty and wisdom, we know because of the Cross that God is loveIf we want proof of God s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins Calvary is the one objective, irrefutable proof of God s love for usBridges never minimizes the difficulty of trusting God in the midst of suffering or hardship He reminds the reader that it is an act of the will to cast our anxieties on the Lord, but an act of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and grant us peace We choose to trust God, even when we don t feel His presence We stand upon the promises of Scripture and trust the Lord to accomplish His purposes, namely, to bring the Christian into greater and greater conformity to Jesus

  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    Great book on God s sovereignty in the midst of difficult circumstances A great answer to the popular book Why bad things happen to good people The very title of that book reveals the lack of theological foundation needed to explore this topic Chapter 7 which deals with God s sovereignty and our responsibility is worth the price of the book alone.Some takeaways Prayer is the acknowledgment of God s sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf Prudence is the acknowledge Great book on God s sovereignty in the midst of difficult circumstances A great answer to the popular book Why bad things happen to good people The very title of that book reveals the lack of theological foundation needed to explore this topic Chapter 7 which deals with God s sovereignty and our responsibility is worth the price of the book alone.Some takeaways Prayer is the acknowledgment of God s sovereignty and of our dependence upon Him to act on our behalf Prudence is the acknowledgement of our responsibility to use all legitimate means We must not only pray for God s providence in our lives, but we must also pray for wisdom to rightl understand our circumstances and use the means He has given us We should never use God s sovereignty as an excuse for our laziness or sin Not only is God sovereign, He is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom Dependence comes before perseverance Depend on God daily and He will give you the perseverance We are responsible to trust Him in times of adversity, but we are dependent upon the Holy Spirit to enable us to do so

  5. Becky Pliego Becky Pliego says:

    2020 This book has become a good friend to me It is the kind of talk that a faithful friend will always be happy to repeat Read also in 2015, 2017, 2018, 20192013 Wonderful So grateful for my friend Robin who recommended it to me.I finished it today and tomorrow I will start reading it aloud at the breakfast table with my children.

  6. Kara Kara says:

    Where is God when horrible things happen What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin cursed world These are questions that I never gave much thoughtuntil I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life There seemed to be only three clear choices Where is God when horrible things happen What role does He play when it comes to job loss, the death of a child or loved one, a terminal illness, or other tragedies Does He actually control all our circumstances, or do these bad things happen simply because we live in a sin cursed world These are questions that I never gave much thoughtuntil I found myself in the midst of my own tragic circumstances It suddenly became a crucial issue in my life There seemed to be only three clear choices A God isn t able to interveneB God chooses not to interveneC God is in full control of what is happeningEven then, I instinctively felt that God was in complete control of everything that was happening, even if I didn t understand His reasons for allowing me to go through these things Everything I knew about God s nature screamed to me that neither option A or B could possibly be correct Still, I wanted to see concrete proof in Scripture to confirm what I felt the Holy Spirit was telling me.After many hours of praying and searching my Bible, I was convinced that nothing that happened to me was an accidentthat God was in complete control of every single thing that went on, down to the tiniest detail I actually found this a tremendous comfortthat even when I felt completely helpless and had NO control over my circumstances or the horrible loss I was going through which included three miscarriages and a preterm stillbirth , I was never for one minute out of God s hand Even though I didn t understand why I had to go through so much pain, I trusted that He knew what He was doing For someone with control freak tendencies like me, letting go of my need to be in control of the situation and to have an answer or explanation for everything and putting myself completely in God s hands was an extremely difficult thing to do.Jerry Bridges addresses this exact issue in Trusting God Even When Life Hurts If you ve read my reviews of other books by Dr Bridges, you know that I really enjoy his writing I think this one is my favorite so far He expresses what I came to strongly believe during that period in my life mucheloquently than I ever could Dr Bridges wrote this book based on a lengthy Bible study he did on the subject during a time of adversity in his own life.He points out that most Christians find it much easier to obey God than to trust Him We can handle things pretty well when His expectations are clearly laid out and we know what to do, but when life gets messy and we don t understand what s going on and can t see the outcome or don t like the one we do see , it s easier to place blame on other factors instead of trusting that God knows what He s doing The moral will of God given to us in the Bible is rational and reasonable The circumstances in which we must trust God often appear irrational and inexplicable The law of God is readily recognized to be good for us, even when we don t want to obey it The circumstances of our lives frequently appear to be dreadful and grim or perhaps even calamitous and tragic Obeying God is worked out within well defined boundaries of God s revealed will Trusting God is worked out in an arena that has no boundaries We do not know the extent, the duration, or the frequency of the painful, adverse circumstances in which we must frequently trust God We are always coping with the unknown Yet it is just as important to trust God as it is to obey Him When we disobey God we defy His authority and despise His holiness But when we fail to trust God we doubt His sovereignty and question His goodness The book begins by addressing this critical issue Can we trust God Is He trustworthy Confidence in the sovereignty of God in all that affects us is crucial to our trusting Him If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God s sovereign control, then we cannot trust Him His love may be infinite, but if His power is limited and His purpose can be thwarted, we cannot trust Him You may entrust to me your most valuable possessions I may love you and my aim to honor your trust may be sincere, but if I do not have the power or ability to guard your valuables, you cannot truly entrust them to me In the first half of the book, Dr Bridges takes us through a thorough study of God s sovereignty over people, nations, and nature as taught in Scripture In Chapter 7, he tackles the issue of our responsibility in light of God s sovereignty The last few chapters address how God s wisdom and love factor in to the equation God in His love always wills what is best for us In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about He wraps up by applying all we ve seen of God s character personally how we can know and experience God s love, and trust Him and be thankful, no matter our circumstances.Dr Bridges isn t afraid to tackle the tough issues brought up by the subject of God s sovereignty, and he does it with grace and humility Trusting God is eloquent, Scripture saturated, and encouraging Do yourself a favorget and read Trusting God now so you ll be standing on a firm foundation when not if circumstances seem to be trying to knock you off your feet Thanks so much to Navpress for the review copy of this book I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own ReadUnder Creative Commons License Attribution

  7. Cherie S. Cherie S. says:

    Amazing, wonderful, godly, true I loved every chapter Review to follow

  8. Philip Philip says:

    Christian books often frustrate me, which I guess is why I don t read as many of them as the people around me seem to.I end up getting annoyed by analogies that fall apart under the least scrutiny, circular reasoning, and the panacea of faith to handle all other logical conundrums encountered.I found this book refreshing and candid It wasn t perfect I still found myself asking, yeah, but what if And, would you please tell me where you re getting that information as on p 177Some Christian books often frustrate me, which I guess is why I don t read as many of them as the people around me seem to.I end up getting annoyed by analogies that fall apart under the least scrutiny, circular reasoning, and the panacea of faith to handle all other logical conundrums encountered.I found this book refreshing and candid It wasn t perfect I still found myself asking, yeah, but what if And, would you please tell me where you re getting that information as on p 177Someone has estimated that as many as eighty percent of our work force are dissatisfied with the jobs they are inYeah Ummm I just estimated that right now Or p 198It is no wonder that someone has observed few Christians finish wellWho is this someone that keeps appearing But all in all Bridges did a good job of answering the unasked follow up questions that other Christian authors ignore.For instance, I found myself getting annoyed the whole way through chapter 3 which deals with the sovereignty of God It went through multiple biblical examples of trial, struggle and stress, and in every case, at the end God s purpose was revealed I kept thinking, yeah, but those people didn t know it at the time It s almost like Bridges wants us to go out and say, Yeah, you re going through a tough time, cancer really sucks, doesn t it Yeah, I ll bet those tubes are uncomfortable, here s a Bible for you It was really getting under my skin Then, at the end though Bridges addsA Word of Caution The material in this chapter is tough stuff It should be read, studied, and prayed about when life isor less routineAbove all, we need to be very sensitive about instructing someone else in the sovereignty of God and encouraging that person to trust God when he or she is in the midst of adversity or pain It is much easier to trust in the sovereignty of God when it is the other person who is hurtingp 53 That little caveat as obvious and simplistic as it was assuaged my contempt for the book and allowed me to continue reading it with an open mind Had he not put that in there, I think I may not have finished what s that forest for the trees clich A brief aside, that s not a spoiler, but is nonetheless not pertinent to the review, so I m putting a spoiler alert on it in case you don t feel like wasting your time view spoiler This is my problem with Christ s parables as well I get so hung up on the trivialities, that I can t see the big picture I may have mentioned this before I think we can all sympathize with so many of the characters in so many of the stories The prodigal son many of us have been in the position of both the good son, and the bad as well as the father I often miss the point, because I understand the contempt of the older brother when the father kills the fatted calf for his slovenly, wasteful younger sibling The father tries to calm him by saying everything I have is yours That s true but that means the fatted calf was his, but now his brother s getting it That s always bothered me it s bothered me so much that I miss the point that the older brother should have been the one offering up his fatted calf Anyway forest for the trees, or whatever it is hide spoiler We started reading this during a men s Bible Study at church I don t think I ve paid for it yet and this was back in March or so I have to remember to do that.The book is not preachy, and it doesn t try to proselytize But with that in mind it s written for people who 1 Believe there is a God2 Believe He is the Father of Jesus Christ3 Believe the Bible is truthI m not saying you won t get anything out of this book if you don t already believe those things, but I am saying I don t think this book was written with you in mind It starts after a set of presuppositions has been established.And lets face it, for those of us who do believe in God, sometimes trusting that God is tough I mean, why can t we all just live forever here on earth Why d he have to allow that damn snake in the Garden in the first place I don t get cancer, or logs falling off trucks and crashing into passing cars a personal phobia but looking around and seeing the complexity and order of the world, I believe in a God And seeing the way things are, and the way things could be, I believe in perfection It s tough to believe that there is a god, and that He or She or It if you prefer is perfect, and that He s just up there winging it Bridges does a good job of bringing us back to scripture to show us that isn t the case

  9. Dominique Dominique says:

    I walked into this book bound but I walked out freeI originally got this book because to be quite frank because I thought it was apropos after having lost my home, all my possessions and having my health seriously compromised this past July in an environmental accident A reminder to trust God in the midst of all that seemed well right Little did I know how important the message in this book would be for me in this moment of my journey.Warning this book is not for the faint hea I walked into this book bound but I walked out freeI originally got this book because to be quite frank because I thought it was apropos after having lost my home, all my possessions and having my health seriously compromised this past July in an environmental accident A reminder to trust God in the midst of all that seemed well right Little did I know how important the message in this book would be for me in this moment of my journey.Warning this book is not for the faint hearted It will challenge you, remind you, move you, undo you, humble you, lift you, convict you and ultimately, change you.When I started reading the book, I thought I lived in a way that allowed God to function in my life unhindered or out of the box, if you will However, I quickly learned that I had actually forgotten how big He is and how sovereign He is In addition, I came to the brutal reality that I had not let Him out of the box but had actually put him back in the box SighI had climbed back up into the front seat, grabbed the steering wheel from God and had taken over for him, yet again The sad thing is, I hadn t even realized that I had done that.This book reminded me of so many things God is sovereign, God loves me unconditionally, God is ALWAYS there even when I can t feel or sense him, God NEVER lies and on and on I walked into this book,, bound but walked out of it, free.There is a quote that Jerry Bridges writes at the end of the book that perfectly sums this book up He says, 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 overwhelms us Bottom line, for me personally, is that this book reminded me that this thing called Christianity is a relationship with a real God and it takes a continuous effort on my part as well I must vigorously work to constantly stand in the midst of unthinkable challenges and situations and trust that God is working everything out for my good.Jerry reminds us that if we believe God is sovereign, then we must also understand while living our lives accordingly that God brings all the good things that come into our life and we should always give Him thanks for and and this was the part that was so challenging for me that GOD also ALLOWS THE BAD TO COME IN AS WELL He does if for several reasons For His glory, for our good or for both His glory and our good.Coming to terms with the concept that God allowed the incident that happened to me personally in which I lost my home and all my possessions, as well as, the damage that was caused to my lungs, was challenging to say the least It challenged me on so many levels It drove me to read Job over and over I struggled to understand why And then something incredible happened I realized that if He allowed it, He already had the answer on its way He was already taking care of me He would lead me forward and show me the way This horrible situation that happened to me was not mistake, it wasn t fate, it wasn t the cosmos He already knew The whole situation had been in His hands the whole entire time I was never alone even when every fiber of my being told me I was Incredible Why it happened questions suddenly fell to the wayside and were replaced with what questions What do you want me to do God Beyond my own crisis, this book also put the times we live in and all the craziness that is going on all around us, into perspective for me, as well I don t have to fret or worry or wonder, because, God is in control of EVERY detail He knows exactly what He is doing and all I have to do is CHOOSE to TRUST HIM.For me, there was this ability in that epiphany to just breathe and let go I was finally able to surrender what happened to with my home, possessions, and health, as well as, what was happening around me I knew that someone great than me, than greater than all, was in complete control I could finally let go of the steering wheel and follow I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Blogging 4 Books program I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255

  10. Ryan Trzeciak Ryan Trzeciak says:

    God is sovereign, wise, and good He knows what is best, knows how to accomplish what is best, has the power to do what is best, and will always do what is best Bridges provides flesh to the bones of Romans 8 28 29 that leaves little doubt as to our responsibility and the joy we find in trusting our great God.

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