A look at the news suggests world affairs are out of control. We get discouraged because it seems that the gospel is not advancing as quickly as doctrinal error is. And in our personal life, we wonder how we will endure the trials that engulf us. In this booklet, David B. McWilliams addresses these discouraging aspects of life in a fallen world and reminds us of the strength we find when we confess the wonder of the sovereign, incomprehensible God.
Table of Contents:
When World Affairs Seem out of Control
When We Are Tempted to Despair for the Success of the Gospel
When We are Called to Endure Hardship
When We are Tempted to Make our Experience the Standard for Interpreting Suffering
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said that what the church needs to do most all is “to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’” As Christians, one of our greatest needs is for the Spirit of God to cultivate biblical godliness in us in order to put the beauty of Christ on display through us, all to the glory of the triune God. With this goal in mind, this series of booklets treats matters vital to Christian experience at a basic level. Each booklet addresses a specific question in order to inform the mind, warm the affections, and transform the whole person by the Spirit’s grace, so that the church may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
David B. McWilliams is senior minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida.
“Trials and tribulations of one sort or another crowd our personal lives, while corruption, conflict, and catastrophe command the world scene. Where is God in all this? Asking the question is fair enough; answering demands caution. McWilliams biblically answers the question by directing us to the absolute and supreme sovereignty of God, perhaps the most comforting truth that God has revealed about Himself—at least with reference to living in this world. McWilliams makes it clear that God is in control of all things: the big issues of the world, as well as the seemingly bigger issues of our lives.” —Michael P. V. Barrett, vice president of academic affairs and professor of Old Testament at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary