by R.C. Sproul Sr.
Where is God When Worlds Collide?
Name any catastrophic event in the course of history, and it seems as if God has abandoned the human race. Where was He while the Israelites groaned in oppressive slavery for 400 years? Where was He during the Holocaust-when children were burned and mothers were gassed-when men were shot and millions starved? Where was He on 9/11, when thousands lost their lives because a few terrorists thought it was right to fly airplanes into American landmarks? It sometimes seems that God is silent, watching the horrors of life on earth without pity or concern.
In this book, written soon after the tragedy of 9/11/2001, R. C. Sproul discusses this very issue-the role of God when the ideas of men collide and wreak havoc. God has not abandoned His people, says Dr. Sproul, but while His hands pour out blessing upon blessing, they also bring calamity and darkness. Dr. Sproul's analysis is challenging, but it is one that no Christian can afford to ignore. For it is only when we begin to understand the nature of God that we can ever hope to trust in His sovereignty during times of terror or sorrow. And it is only when we can trust in His sovereignty that we can say with Job, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust . . ."
In the catastrophes and disasters we all witness, we may ask “Where is God?” It’s difficult to reconcile a just and good God with one who is sovereign over horrible destruction. But in times of calamity, grief, and fear, we need to understand the character of God and his relationship to difficult events. More specifically, where is God in instances of terror and man-wrought disaster?
R. C. Sproul discusses this very issue—the presence of God when ideological differences turn violent. God does not abandon us, says Sproul, but while God is sovereign over blessings, he is also sovereign over acts of terror. Sproul’s analysis is challenging, but it is one that no Christian can afford to ignore. Only when we begin to understand the nature of God can we find peace and trust in times of terror and sorrow.
Hardback; 100 pages
Posted by CLS aka Bratcheman on 24th Jul 2013
I can't believe how so much "clear truth" can come in such a small book. I have been greatly concerned by how so many "Christian" churches have strayed from the truth which has been revealed so many times in the past. But then, "Those who do not know history are forced to relive it"!
So many times I have personally experienced, but not realized at the time, things in my life that are similar to what happened to Job. I call them "Ahhh, so... that was another little nudge from God". As a child I was taught to try to be aware of these "nudges".
Posted by Kayte on 14th Jan 2013
As a child, my church taught about Providence, something that has been long forgotten. Recalling my childhood teachings has renewed my faith. Churches no longer have a focus nor purpose except for nickles and noses. To remember that God has a purpose and a plan, and that I am a part of it, is truly heartening. Also, something that is not mentioned today is that there are consequences for our actions. I don't care what Hollywood says, every person will give an account for the way he/she lived. Just remember how far He allowed Sodom to continue before He finally said, "Enough." And, it's not "choices", it is character, behavior, righteousness or SIN! Call it what it is. I have had problems with the word "CHOICES" since it became popular and undiscriminating!
I hope this book opens the hearts of others as it has for me. God knows what is going on, and He is allowing it--just as with Job.
Posted by Unknown on 25th Aug 2012
R. C. Sproul compares the cultural revolution of our youth in the sixties to our fight against England in the 1700's when we fought to be freed from oppression, for our right to worship the Lord according to our conscience. The revolution of our youth has been to be free to do their own thing, whatever that might be. It has been a cultural revolution that changed our values as a nation. Sproul's remedy is to stand up for the Lord. Teach our children daily as we live according to Scripture
Posted by Michael Watson on 23rd Aug 2012
The book is exactly what I expect from R.C. Sproul, deep but easy to read and digest. Everyone should read this short book just to keep up with times.
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