Natural disasters. Unthinkable tragedies. The pain and discouragement of personal loss. Difficulties like these impact us all. In our frustration, we may even begin to wonder: If God is a God of love, how could He allow such calamity in our lives and in our world?
All people, whether believers or unbelievers, experience anxiety, frustration, heartache and disappointment. As a result of his own wrestling and struggling through trials, well-known author Jerry Bridges wrote Is God Really in Control? to help others understand how to rightly view difficulty and tragedy.
Throughout its pages, the book affirms the clear teachings of Scripture, identifying three essential truths about God that we must believe if we are to trust Him in times of adversity:
- God is completely sovereign.
- God is infinite in wisdom.
- God is perfect in love.
As Bridges writes, “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.” If one thing happened in our lives that was outside of God’s control, our confidence in Him would be shattered!
Bridges goes on to say, “What should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God; our suffering has meaning and purpose in God’s eternal plan, and He brings or allows into our lives only what is for His glory and our good.”
If you could use some encouragement amid struggle, or if you would like to be reminded of the precious truths of Scripture so that you can respond in a godly way to the trials and disappointments of this life, request your copy of Is God Really in Control? today.
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