By John Piper
Discomfort and the Sovereignty of God is one of the volumes to outcome from the once a year nationwide convention wear via needing God Ministries, edited via John Piper and Justin Taylor. the e-book is split into 3 sections, those being "the sovereignty of God in suffering," "the reasons of God in suffering," and "the grace of God in suffering." the main precious factor approximately this e-book is that, as Justin Taylor says within the advent, this can be a booklet on utilized theology, instead of a e-book facing summary principles. all the participants of this publication has handled their reasonable of ache. members are paralyzed and care for persistent discomfort, skilled the demise of a dad or mum after they have been younger, have had teenagers die long ago few years, and are at present combating prostate melanoma. via a majority of these trials, every one tells how they've got stumbled on convenience and wish within the sovereign God, the "God of all convenience" (2 Corinthians 1:3).
the maximum factor the yankee church can remove from this publication is that God is sovereign over all soreness, all evil, all schemes and units of devil. this is often the topic of Piper's first bankruptcy within the booklet. Piper concerns ten calls to rejoice the truth that God is extra strong than devil and the evil powers. Piper calls us to have a good time that God is sovereign over Satan's delegated rule, over Satan's angels, and over Satan's hand in persecuting the church. we're to have a good time that God is sovereign over Satan's life-taking strength, over Satan's hand in ordinary mess ups, and over his sickness-causing energy. we're to rejoice that God is sovereign over Satan's use of crops and animals, over his tempting us to sin, and over his mind-blinding energy. eventually, we're to rejoice that God is sovereign over Satan's non secular bondage. even supposing he may possibly bind us via both distress and discomfort or via excitement and prosperity, we're to celebrate that devil isn't really sovereign over his captives. basically God is. and God is merciful in surroundings unfastened these whom are His from this bondage throughout the present of repentance and religion. what pleasure there's during this. what grace, and what mercy.
not purely should still we celebrate at this, yet we must always hasten to percentage this pleasure and this convenience with others in hopes that they too will be let loose from their bondage to sin. that's what the church should still remove from this booklet. to not run from anguish. to not forget about it or suppress it, yet to appear to God for convenience and freedom in dealing with our sufferings head on. not just for our sake, yet for the sake of others in addition, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians,
"for as we percentage abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so via Christ we percentage abundantly in convenience too. if we're , it's to your convenience and salvation; and if we're comforted, it's in your convenience, that you event if you patiently undergo an analogous sufferings that we undergo. our desire for you is unshaken, for we all know that as you proportion in our sufferings, additionally, you will proportion in our comfort."
may this publication serve to convenience those people who are discomfort, could it serve to deepen their love and awe of God, the sovereign Lord of all issues, together with evil and discomfort. and will they, via their convenience, be larger built to convenience others that suffer, sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them, and calling them to have a good time within the God of all convenience.