Excerpted from Trusting God by Jerry Bridges –
It seems the more we come to believe in and accept the sovereignty of God over every event in our lives, the more we are tempted to question His love. We think, “If God is in control of this adversity and can do something about it, why doesn’t He? ….Even righteous Job, who at the beginning of his calamities was able to say, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21), finally came to the place where he too questioned the goodness of God. He said, “God denies me justice,” and “It profits a man nothing when he tries to please God” (Job 34:5,9).
If God is perfect in His love and abundant in His goodness, how do we take a stand against our own doubts and the temptations of Satan to question the goodness of God? What truths about God do we need to store up in our hearts to use as weapons against temptations to doubt His love? Jerry Bridges provides 4 thoughts to strengthen you:
- God’s Love at Calvary -… “When John (1 John 4:9-10) said that God showed His love by sending His Son, he was saying God showed His love by meeting our greatest need – a need so great that no other need can even come close to it in comparison. If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us.
- God’s Family Love – By God’s grace having trusted Christ as our Savior, we who are believers have been brought into the very family of God. He has covenanted with us to be our God, and we to be His people (see Hebrews 8:10). From scripture we learn that through Christ, we are adopted as God’s children and God has sent His Holy Spirit to live within us and remind us that we are indeed His children, and He is our “Abba Father” (Romans 8:15-16.) Moreover we are told that we are dearly loved, and that God rejoices over us with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17).
- God’s Love in Christ – “This infinite and Measureless love of God is poured out upon us, not because of who we are or what we are, but because we are in Christ Jesus. Note that in Romans 8:39, Paul says that “(nothing) can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The love of God flows to us entirely through, or in, Jesus Christ…. We are constantly tempted to look within ourselves to seek to find some reason why God should love us. Such searching is, of course, usually discouraging. We usually find within ourselves reason why we think God should not love us. Such searching is unbiblical. The Bible is quite clear that God does not look within us for a reason to love us. He loves us because we are in Christ Jesus. …Rather as HE looks at us, He sees us united to His beloved Son, clothed in His righteousness. He loves us, not because we are lovely in ourselves, but because we are in Christ. Here then is another weapon of truth:…God’s love to us cannot fail any more than His love to Christ can fail. “
- God’s Sovereign Love – It is our union with Christ that guarantees that God’s sovereign power is exercised on our behalf. This, of course, does not mean that, because of our union with Christ, we should not expect any adversity it this life. The Scriptures clearly teach just the opposite. It does mean that those adversities are being controlled by God and used by Him only in ways that His wisdom and love dictate.