Recommendation from Pastor Jim Sole (April 17, 2020): I hope this is finding you well as we live out day-by-day the unfolding of God’s sovereign and providential will for His world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our normal routines have been radically altered, and the world’s busyness in activities, events, and social life has been removed from our lives. Meanwhile, I pray we are seizing the free time to grow in the Lord Jesus through His Word, prayer, and reading good Bible-saturated books. To the latter end of reading books, I recommend Is God Really in Control? by Jerry Bridges as a fitting choice amid our current circumstances.
Here’s a sample from Chapter One that’s appropriate for us today:
In the arena of adversity, the Scriptures teach us three essential truths about God – truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are God is completely sovereign, God is infinite in wisdom, and God is perfect in love. Someone has expressed these three truths as they relate to us in 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 (page 19).
Is God Really In Control?: Trusting God in a World of Hurt by Jerry Bridges, produced by NavPress (January 25, 2006), 154 pages, paperback.