Little Black Books: Suffering and Evil
Great travel companion when experiencing adversity
Little Black Book:
Suffering and Evil
Ã¢ÂÂQuieting the Storm To Hear GodÃ¢ÂÂs VoiceÃ¢ÂÂ
Ever question why bad things happen to such good people as you and me? Yeah, me too. But, some interesting thoughts began to plague my mind. When I look at myself in the mirror and my attitudes and responses and reactions in my normal day to day activities, IÃ¢ÂÂm not really that good of a person. I understand that I am saved and that really should make a really big difference in my life. And that fact really brings on the conviction and the guilt that something may be drastically wrong. There is. And, unfortunately, for the most part, it is something that I and the rest of us are going to have to struggle with for the rest of our earthly lives. Living in a fallen world really isnÃ¢ÂÂt all that itÃ¢ÂÂs cracked up to be. I was reminded of my real place in life not so long ago. A friend posted on Facebook a really humbling quote by R.C.Sproul, Jr. It stated, Ã¢ÂÂWhy do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once. And He volunteered.Ã¢ÂÂ
No one really understood human suffering more than Job. Which is where PettyÃ¢ÂÂs book narrows in on. And, I would venture that this perspective is where the rubber meets the road. When compared to the immense suffering that this man had from every angle humanly possible, it makes my adventures in life seem paltry at best. Another beautiful thing that this reminder gives to us is the fact of the sovereignty of God. That no matter what we are going through, that somehow God is still in control. And, as absolutely crazy as it sounds, He has a purpose for it and He has actually designed it. Of course, Job did not have the privilege of peering through the curtain as we do to see exactly what was going on behind the scenes as we never do when our lives seem to be fallen apart before our very eyes. But, the same God who allowed Job to suffer so intensely for His glory is the same God who divinely understands why we need to suffer just as Job did. That, in and of itself, if we can always remember it, can bring us intense comfort and teach us valuable lessons and to always glorify God through our suffering.
As we wrestle in this fallen world stretching to see a God who is not physically visible, one thing we must learn, as Petty reminds us in his book: Trust. ItÃ¢ÂÂs all about trust. Faith is indeed the ingredient that turns everything upside-down. Without faith we fall down the dismal abyss without a parachute. But, with faith, our sails are lifted by an incredible tail wind which gives the incredible ability to weather any storm. Not that we will gladly enjoy the storm, but that we will be much more like Christ as an outcome of those storms. This book serves as a good travel companion for us when we are in the thick of a trial, or, as we prepare to enter that dark season of adversity. We need to make sure that we never naively believe that bumps in the road are not ever part of the journey, let alone, a good part, an essential part.
March 1, 2013
Small Books with Big Writing.
These Little Black Books written by Scott Petty contain a lot of information in a sturdy little jacket. Scott wants us to have our questions answered about The Bible, What Life is all about, Who the Holy Spirit is, and he wants to give us a study of Predestination, a look at Science and Scripture, a theology of Suffering, and a theology of Sexuality, as well as a look at God and why He allows evil to exist for a time.
Scott writes in a hard hitting way that makes a ton of sense.
These books are incredibly packed with truth and insights. I could give one example from each book- but that would be only the tip of the theological iceberg. They could be called small books with big writing.
The bold analogies he uses woke me up. Some of the analogies wake us up because they use shocking examples to convey shocking Biblical Truth.
For one example- Scott talks about how Humans are made in God's Image, but sin has ruined it. We are now like hair, Scott explains. All hair is dead, yet some hair looks better than others. No matter how clean you make your hair- it is dead and falling out. Shampoo websites insist that we can have hair self help and fix all our hair issues with enough shampoo- but it is dead. How can hair be healthy? Scott asks. "Dead=Not Healthy." We are like that dead hair, dead in sins. And yet- with Christ we can be made alive.
Once upon a time we were all young with questions, and now we are older with more questions.
Questions are not wrong- they are right! Questions mean you want answers. These books will go a long way in putting you on the road to the answers. The answers are in the Person of Christ and the Words of Scripture. These books guide you to both.
I think these books are ideal for witnessing as well as study.
I was blessed to receive my copies in the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway at Bible Geek Gone Wild , and reviewed them for Cross Focused Book Reviews.
January 30, 2013