14 August 2008
The complete title is Trusting God, Even When Life Hurts, by Jerry Bridges. Trusting God is one of those life-altering books that gives you a new set of spectacles through which to view the world.
Mr. Bridges' thesis is that, even when life hurts, God is big enough to handle our griefs and pain. He doesn't gloss over the difficulties of living in a sin-filled world, but he offers hope to the suffering, a lifeline to the doubtful, and peace to the storm-tossed. When we look at the Gospel, we see the most clear manifestation of God's love for us; our trust in him must be based on the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Christ. Mr. Bridges draws this line clearly and joyfully from the Gospel to the trust that is due to God.
I was challenged by the thought that trusting the Lord is a way to honor him. I'd never made that connection between trust and honor before and was struck by it.
I believe this is one of those must-read titles for all believers. It's one I plan to return to again and again.