May 2, 2018
The Heart of the Author
Strength in the River
Lessons of Hope from Suffering Saints in the Bible
by Steve Schwartz
Sometimes adversity comes and sometimes it comes to stay. When you experience long-term suffering, the sprint becomes a marathon. Waves of emotion may cause you to question God and experience seasons of doubt. Life isn't fair.
The book is dedicated to the "Jeremiahs and the Jobs whose tears are fresh." The author's practical illustrations drawn from the saints in the Bible shows us how to respond to hard times.
Trust the sovereignty of God. He is going to do what He is going to do. His plans will not be thwarted and you can rest in that. He is always accomplishing His will.
Securely ground yourself in God's faithfulness before the trials come. Stay in the word and speak the truth out loud. God glorifies Himself through suffering.
Acceptance of a difficult situation is hard when you don't know how or when it will end. The Bible says it is good to wait. It's a lesson in walking through a river of tears.
"My trial is not the barometer of whether or not God loves me."
Don't let unsanctified emotions make decisions. Emotions are like children, you can't do anything until you calm them down! God works behind the scenes and He knows the end of the story. Some day you'll see His fingerprints. Expect great things.