Yesterday I sat amidst a group of lovely ladies while we were discussing the first two groundwork chapters of the book, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts.
If you’ve ever doubted the power of sitting with a small but mighty passel of like-minded folks discussing the little and the big stresses, strains, and never-ending litany of troubles that do “trouble” humankind throughout their lives…then you are missing something quite wonderful.
As we opened the first pages of Jerry Bridges’ fine work, we discussed three foundational truths.
God is completely sovereign.
God is infinite in wisdom.
God is perfect in love.
Which translates like this — “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.”
Thus said…when we go through difficulties (large or small) we have to view our adverse circumstances “…through the eyes of faith, not of sense.”
If we believe (and I do) that God is sovereign (and He is) and that God’s wisdom is so incomprehensible (and it is) and that everything He does or allows is for my ultimate best (and it is)…then I can trust Him in the midst of even the most adverse situations through the eyes of faith…not relying on my ever-changing emotions or my limited perspective.
How can you spell R-E-L-I-E-F?
Because that’s how I feel…utter and complete and blessed relief…that my feelings (which change every five seconds) aren’t the gauge by which I govern my trust in God.
I feel better, don’t you?