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Trusting God is a Matter of the Will

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Gerald Bridges and Jerry Bridges)

… trusting God is first of all a matter of the will  and is not dependent on my feelings. I choose to trust God, and  my feelings eventually follow.
Having said that trusting God is first of all a matter of the  will, let me qualify that statement to say that, first of all, it is a  matter of knowledge. We must know that God is sovereign, wise,  and loving in all the ways we have come to see what those  terms mean in previous chapters. But having been exposed to  the knowledge of the truth, we must then choose whether to  believe the truth about God, which He has revealed to us, or  whether to follow our feelings. If we are to trust God, we must  choose to believe His truth.


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Can You Trust Him?

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.

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

Does God have complete control of everything?

Can you trust Him to accomplish His will?

Or is He at the mercy of man?

What limits God?

Can His will be thwarted?



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For My Good?

“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.”

Quote from Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges


Now most of us won’t argue with this for the big things.  But what about the little things?  It is odd because it often doesn’t seem that what happens is always what is best for us. How can set backs and illness be the best thing for us?   Many times we can’t sit back like Joseph did and say:

Genesis 50:20 (ESV) As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

Really it is very rare for us to be able to see how our problems, big or small, can possibly be as useful or productive as the problems Joseph faced.

  • How can a child getting sick the day of the long expected vacation really work out for the best for us?

  • Is a violin bow breaking at the beginning of a concert actually for the best?

  • How can frozen pipes be for the best?

Can we only chalk up some of the problems we face as character development?  Or is there even more to it than that?  Are we serving as a lesson to others?

Those are hard to answer questions.  However, I can confidently say:

Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Notice it does say “all things“.  That would include sickness, broken items, plumbing and any number of problems.

So all I can do is:

Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

Don’t expect my human, sinful, limited mind to understand all that the Lord does.

This is to remind myself the next time I ask “Why Lord???”

The answer is “For your good.



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Obedience or Trust?

Here is another difficult concept to grasp. Trusting God is as important as obeying God.  Trusting God to provide for our needs is as important as obeying His commands?

… it often seems more difficult to trust God than to obey Him.

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.

God views our distrust of Him as seriously as He views our disobedience.

“When the LORD heard them, he was very angry … for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance” (Psalm 78:19-22).

Psalms 78:19-22 (ESV)

19 They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
20 He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”
21 Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel,
22 because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power.

Quotes from Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges



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Can You Answer This Question?

Does God actually control the circumstances of our lives, or do “bad” things just happen to us because we live in a sin-cursed world?

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

That is a tough question.

Can you answer it?

Better yet can you explain the answer to another?

I always tell my children that until you learn something well enough to teach it to another you really haven’t learned.

So do you have a good enough understanding of the answer to this question to share it with another?



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Are You a Deist?

Does God actually control the circumstances of our lives, or do “bad” things just happen to us because we live in a sin-cursed world?

Randomness, luck, chance, fate. This is modern man’s answer to the age-old question, “Why?” Of course, if one dismisses the whole idea of God, as many do, then there is no other alternative. Many, while not dismissing the idea of God, have fabricated a God of their own speculation. Seventeenth-century deism constructed a God who created a universe and then walked away to leave it running according to its natural laws and man’s devices. Many people today are practical deists.

Even Christians often think as deists today. Many accept the concept that God is sovereign but believe that He chooses not to exercise His sovereignty in the daily affairs of our lives. As one writer put it, “We know that God is sovereign, but we also know that, in His sovereignty, God has placed us in a world of sin and suffering from which we have no immunity,” and again, “God’s love … for us, does not place us in a protected position.””

If God controls the circumstances of the sparrow, how much more does He control the circumstances that affect us? God does not walk away and leave us to the mercy of uncontrolled random or chance events.

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

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Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts [Kindle Edition] – Free

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts [Kindle Edition] – Free for a limited time

Jerry Bridges

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.

Adversity is hard to endure, and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child?

Grappling with His concern for us we ask, “Why is God allowing this?” or “What have I done wrong?”

In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and he now shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God.

As you begin to explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you’ll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely. Even when life hurts.

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