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Monday, November 26th 2012

11:22 PM

Is God Sovereign?


When we're faced with disappointment and pain, the Lord asks, “Am I Not Still God?” 

 Kathy Troccoli tackles the subject of suffering without trying to defend God nor provide “pat answers.”  She says our moment of accountability in suffering is to ask

“Do I still trust God?”

“Will I trust Him if my circumstances follow a different path than that of my dreams?”

Each person must answer those questions for himself.  As we face turns in the road of life, we are reminded repeatedly that we really have no control over what happens to us.

Troccoli says, “You have to be very close to someone to sit in their shadow.” (p. 121)  She learned that our need for God is most filled when we draw close enough to allow Him to shelter us.  (Psalm 91:1-2)  He may not remove the difficulty, but He will remain with us, regardless.

Troccoli reminds us that God’s timing doesn’t look the same as ours.  God’s Son even “banged nails for thirty years until the Father said, ‘Now is the time.’” (p. 143)  Her winsome style of writing brings reassurance that the Lord will use the in-between times to prepare us for the task He has planned.  Interspersed in her story are anecdotes from her rise in the music industry as well as the lows of watching her parents both succumb to cancer.  She says we will gain a holy confidence when we remember our position in Christ.  That reassurance carries us through doubt and discontent.  I like that term, “a holy confidence.”  It speaks of a humble authority that belongs to all believers as we put our complete trust in the One who rules over all.  And yes, He still is God.  

Sally

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Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?  

Choose Your Side 

Trust God’s Timing    

3 user comments.

Posted by dissertation topics:

I did not expect this. This is a excellent story. Thanks! You completed a few nice points there.

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Tuesday, November 27th 2012 @ 6:50 AM

Posted by Sally Ferguson:

We can all relate to suffering in some form. The question is, "What will we do with that turmoil? Blame God or draw close to Him?"

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Tuesday, November 27th 2012 @ 10:30 AM

Posted by John 3:16:

Most definitely God is. I trust God with my heart and soul. Sometimes we are tested with times of struggle to see just exactly where we stand with God. The book of Job is about that. ;)

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Thursday, January 3rd 2013 @ 9:49 AM