Friday, January 9, 2009

For the Tough Times

Look at the morning headlines today and you will see: Job losses stack up as recession deepens, Gaza attacks continue, Market falls. Chances are, you have had a loved one pass away in the last 10 years. I recently heard someone say, "You are either in a challenge, just coming out of a challenge or you better get ready, your challenge is coming." We all go through tough times, which cause us to ask tough questions.

When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do? -Psalm 11:3

It is a question we have all asked, in many different ways...where is God when it hurts? If God loves me, why does he let bad things happen? Will God always love me? With everything going on, who is in charge? How can anything good come from such sadness?

In his book, For the Tough Times, Max Lucado seeks to answer these questions and give direction on living through these times in our lives. It is a short book, a mere 79 pages, which makes it easy for anyone to read. With his simple style Lucado stirs in stories, scripture and truth in a book that anyone who finds themselves in a challenging time of life, should read.

I found encouragement in the chapter, Good Triumphant, that focused on how God can use challenges in life to accomplish great good. I found wisdom in the chapters, In the Silence God Speaks and In the Storm We Pray, about how sometimes we just need to shut up and listen in the midst of our trials and others we need to pray.

Reading Max Lucado is like sitting down with a friend over lunch; comfortable, easy, profound at times, but don't expect any surprises. I don't read Lucado for great scriptural depth or to learn biblical history, I would read him to find a companion.
The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord sits on his throne in heaven ~Psalm 11:4

6 comments:

Dot-Com said...

Sounds like the news are as depressing there as here when it comes to the job situation! Your book recommendation sounds interesting - could make a good "dinner date" (I travel on business alone too often!) Lynchburg might be a bit far away, so not sure I'll ever get to check out The Muse for the good coffee and great atmosphere, but then you never know.

dp said...

Great review. I like that last paragraph on Lucado, you perfectly described every book I've ever read of his.

jake (to the) holla said...

sheesh... ohhh how often do i need to just shut up & be still to hear His voice... or to stop being so go-go-go all the time and just take a breather to spend time with Him

carbaby said...

Great Post...good timing......

Some times I feel nameless said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm always looking for good books in this arena. :)

Tim said...

Great post! It is easy to get caught up in the crappy existence that I lead at the Academy as a freshman. Occasionally, I will come to my senses again, look up at the rampart mountains and know who is really in control.