What do you do whenever anxiety and fear have overtaken you? How do you respond with depression has overwhelmed you and it’s a struggle to see a purpose for anything? Lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Joe Thorn shares one of the darkest times of his life with us as he answers these questions in his book Experiencing the Trinity.
Written in the same style and format of his previous book – Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself, Joe Thorn takes us through 50 short meditations that he wrote to himself throughout a very dark and painful season of his life reminding himself of only hope that any of us have in this life offered through the grace of our triune God.
Each meditation walks us through the character and attributes of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, beginning with a passage of Scripture and Joe preaching the Gospel to Himself through the truth of the Gospel. He admits in his introduction that each of these were written specifically to himself, and although some of the thoughts may not be where you are currently at in life, you will likely be able to relate to them. This was one of the most refreshing aspects of the book for me.
Joe writes with much conviction as he navigates through the fight of faith combating the lies of the enemy, with the assurance of God’s Word. Each chapter confronts many of the same struggles we all face and help the reader see the power of the Gospel at work through the hard things we face in this life.
In his chapter titled ‘God is Good’ he reminds us that understanding the sovereignty of God will do us little good if we do not also understand his goodness.
“He is not simply calling the shots, ordering the days of your life in some arbitrary way. What He does with and to you is always good, even if it doesn’t seem that way. The question is, do you believe that, or are you quick to question what God is doing, as if He isn’t good? As if He isn’t good to you? The goodness of God doesn’t guarantee ease, but it does ensure that He will not act carelessly, or out of frustration or fatigue. He is guided by His own perfect nature, and all His interactions with His people are good.”
Joe acknowledges the struggles that we all face and offers a Gospel solution through the character of God as the answer. It’s a short book, but don’t let the size of the book hinder you from taking the time to experience what God may be saying to you through these meditations.
Experiencing the Trinity is not just a collection of devotional thoughts put together but rather it is a tool that should be used to help us during our times of battle against the enemies of doubt and discouragement. The truths presented are helpful and impactful and like most tools you will want to keep it close at hand when you need it.
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