Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jerry Bridges book "Trusting God"

At Mom's suggestion, I've started reading Jerry Bridges book "Trusting God"- it is good!
I'll share 2 good quotes with you: 

"...God's providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.  Again, note the absolute terms: constant care, absolute rule, all creation.  Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes His care and control.  But, note also, the twofold objective of God's providence: His own glory and the good of His people.  These two objectives are never antithetical; they are always in harmony with each other.  God 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 together.  What comfort and encouragement this should be to us.  If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe that just as certainly as God will allow nothing to subvert His glory, so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us...."

"...In His well-known statement about sparrows, Jesus said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father....So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows" (Matthew 10:29-31)   According to Jesus, God does exercise His sovereignty in very minute events- even the life and death of an almost worthless sparrow.  And Jesus' whole point is: If God so exercises His sovereignty is regard to sparrows, most certainly He will exercise it in regard to His children.  While it is certainly true that God's love for us does not protect us from pain and sorrow, it is also true that all occasions of pain and sorrow are under the absolute control of God.  If God controls the circumstances that affect us.  God does not walk away and leave us to the mercy of uncontrolled random or chance events...."

 I've known these truths for years now, but I confess I am somewhat rusty-- it is so nice to read someone else putting it so well- better than I ever could!

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