“Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 4:5)
When I was a freshman in college, I was assigned a book to read for my 'Foundations of Biblical Living' class. The book was entitled Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges. Little did I know at the time that this book would not only impact me personally, but it would become one of my most trusted resources in future ministry. I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that besides the Bible, this book has been the greatest tool God has used in my life and the greatest tool that He has given to me to minister as a husband, dad, friend, pastor and counselor.
In each of our lives, we experience various difficulties like sickness, death, loss of employment, unfulfilled plans and dreams, relationship trouble and persecution. And in these times, we are called on by God to trust Him. To trust in Him is to continue to turn to Him for help during these times, to worship Him in and through the pain and to continue to obey His will for our lives. Unfortunately, those times of difficulty are the times it is hardest to trust in a God that would allow those things to occur.
Trusting God is a book written with the intent of taking us to the Scriptures to strengthen our conviction in who God is. It is that knowledge that will grant us the ability to trust Him. The author’s personal struggle to trust in God through the sickness and eventual death of his wife, led him to dig deeply into the Scriptures to understand His God. While getting a complete understanding of the why of suffering and hardship is never promised and often not obtained, gaining an understanding of the 'who' brings a peace that surpasses all understanding and provides the motivation to call upon our God in our day of trouble and in turn, obey Him.
Bridges explores three themes or three characteristics of God that enable us to trust in Him. An understanding of God’s sovereignty, His wisdom and His love are essential doctrines for us to comprehend to truly trust God. Coming to grips with God’s absolute control over all things, His wisdom in identifying what is best for us and His deep love for us are what this book aims to remind the reader. Bridges puts it this way:
“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.”
I highly recommend this book to all believers as it is a great comfort for those in the midst of life’s difficulties, but it also moves the reader to worship and obey the Sovereign God who wisely orchestrates all things for the good of those He loves.
(Trusting God has been made available for check-out from the ABEFC library, along with other titles in The Bookshelf.)