Trusting God When Life Hurts
One of the biggest theological questions is, “Where is God when life hurts?” This is a huge question indeed, and for our answer today I turn to the Bible and to Arthur Pink.
Arthur Pink (died 1953) was a British Bible teacher who pastored churches in England, America, and Australia. When he first published his book, The Sovereignty of God in 1919, it jolted many in the Christian world. Pink goes straight to the Bible to show us how the God of Scripture is supreme in His dealings with the world and with mankind. God is revealed to be all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving in passage after passage of Holy Scripture. It is an important book to guide the steps of those who are not yet persuaded of God’s loving sovereignty over all persons and events.
Pink also reminds us that God’s sovereignty should give Christians hope-filled encouragement—especially when life hurts and especially when life is not going as planned.
The issues Pink raises in this book have previously been addressed by many prominent figures such as St. Augustine, St. Aquinas, Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards. Pink studied these wise men and draws from their conclusions in his own writing, but ultimately, the author places his perspective in light of God’s Word.
Pink strongly believed that true faith rests “not in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” Pink wants his readers to gain a firm grasp on the biblical text rather than the secondary literature, and he aims to highlight Scripture in his book. Pink points us to the Bible and offers powerful reminders of God’s sovereignty over all things, including pain and suffering. He reminds us of a good, wise and all-powerful God who loves His people and is seeking their best. This is powerful tonic for weary souls!