This is week one of the Advent Season. Much like Lent, believers would fast and pray from mid-November until Christmas. Originally, it was a time for believers to prepare themselves for baptism, but during the Middle Ages, the focus changed to the Second Coming of Jesus. Only in recent years has the focus changed to the Nativity.
This is the season of hope. Or hopelessness, depending upon what is going on in or around you right now. Let’s be honest. Christmas isn’t a bright and joyful spot for all of us every year. Sometimes, life is just tough.
Last year, my dad went into the hospital in mid-December and we discovered some very serious health issues that had been hidden for years. On Christmas Eve, we moved him into a skilled nursing facility. That turned out to be the best decision, but it was hard. And made Christmas difficult.
When life is difficult, is hope lost? Or can we always hang onto hope no matter what?
Is God good only when the outcome is? ~Max Lucado, You’ll Get Through This
Description from Amazon: You’ll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times
You fear you won’t make it through. We all do. We fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. In the pits, surrounded by steep walls and aching reminders, we wonder: Will this gray sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten?
In You’ll Get Through This, pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Max Lucado offers sweet assurance. “Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras: bold, brassy, and everywhere.” Max reminds readers God doesn’t promise that getting through trials will be quick or painless. It wasn’t for Joseph—tossed in a pit by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned, forgotten and dismissed–but his Old Testament story is in the Bible for this reason: to teach us to trust God to trump evil.
With the compassion of a pastor, the heart of a storyteller, and the joy of one who has seen what God can do, Max explores the story of Joseph and the truth of Genesis 50:20. What Satan intends for evil, God redeems for good.
What I Thought
God at times permits tragedies. He permits the ground to grow dry and stalks to grow bare. He allows Satan to unleash mayhem. But he doesn’t allow Satan to triumph. ~Max Lucado, You’ll Get Through This
When life hits hard, the questions about God quickly circle our thoughts: How can He be good and allow this? Can He not control what’s happening or does He even care?
Max Lucado walks through the life of Joseph and shows that through it all–the unconcerned father, the arrogant brothers, sold into slavery, chased by the boss’s wife, falsely accused, thrown into jail, forgotten–no matter what, “In God’s hands intended evil becomes eventual good.” He makes it clear in the book that not everything is good and not every instance will be beautifully redeemed in and of itself. But just like roasted beans, hot water, a filter, and some mechanics work together to make that cup of coffee you love, God is working everything happening in and around you right now together to mold it into something good.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
We can’t always see what God is doing, but can’t we assume he is up to something good? ~Max Lucado, You’ll Get Through This
This is a book worth reading, even if you are not presently sitting in the midst of difficult circumstances. The author asks excellent questions that every Christian should wrestle through, and he consistently points readers to seek God for the answers.
About the Author
With more than 130 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America’s bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy.
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