“Quieting the Storm To Hear God’s Voice”

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Book Reviews

Little Black Book:
Suffering and Evil
A Review
Scott Petty

Ever question why bad things happen to such good people as you and me? Yeah, me too. But, some interesting thoughts began to plague my mind. When I look at myself in the mirror and my attitudes and responses and reactions in my normal day to day activities, I’m not really that good of a person. I understand that I am saved and that really should make a really big difference in my life. And that fact really brings on the conviction and the guilt that something may be drastically wrong. There is. And, unfortunately, for the most part, it is something that I and the rest of us are going to have to struggle with for the rest of our earthly lives. Living in a fallen world really isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. I was reminded of my real place in life not so long ago. A friend posted on Facebook a really humbling quote by R.C.Sproul, Jr. It stated, “Why do bad things happen to good people? That only happened once. And He volunteered.”

No one has really understood human suffering more than Job. Which is where Petty’s book narrows in on. And, I would venture that this perspective is where the rubber meets the road. When compared to the immense suffering that this man had from every angle humanly possible, it makes my adventures in life seem paltry at best. Another beautiful thing that this reminder gives to us is the fact of the sovereignty of God. That no matter what we are going through, that somehow God is still in control. And, as absolutely crazy as it sounds, He has a purpose for it and He has actually designed it. Of course, Job did not have the privilege of peering through the curtain as we do to see exactly what was going on behind the scenes as we never do when our lives seem to be fallen apart before our very eyes. But, the same God who allowed Job to suffer so intensely for His glory is the same God who divinely understands why we need to suffer just as Job did. That, in and of itself, if we can always remember it, can bring us intense comfort and teach us valuable lessons and to always glorify God through our suffering.

As we wrestle in this fallen world stretching to see a God who is not physically visible, one thing we must learn, as Petty reminds us in his book: Trust. It’s all about trust. Faith is indeed the ingredient that turns everything upside-down. Without faith we fall down the dismal abyss without a parachute. But, with faith, our sails are lifted by an incredible tail wind which gives the ability to weather any storm. Not that we will gladly enjoy the storm, but that we will be much more like Christ as an outcome of those storms. This book serves as a good travel companion for us when we are in the thick of a trial, or, as we prepare to enter that dark season of adversity. We need to make sure that we never naively believe that bumps in the road are not ever part of the journey, let alone, a good part, an essential part.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Cross-Focused Media for the free copy of the book for me to offer this unbiased, balanced review as well as Matthias Media.

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Comments
  1. […] “This book serves as a good travel companion for us when we are in the thick of a trial, or, as we prepare to enter that dark season of adversity. We need to make sure that we never naively believe that bumps in the road are not ever part of the journey, let alone, a good part, an essential part.” -Matt Boutilier (spirituallywired.wordpress.com) […]

  2. Matt,

    Thanks for contributing to the Little Black Books blog tour.

    Shaun Tabatt
    Cross Focused reviews

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