Don’t equate the presence of God with a good mood or a pleasant temperament. God is near whether you are happy or not.
– Max Lucado
It’s Max Lucado doing what he does best: encouraging you to keep the faith.
You will get through this. Not because you are strong but because your Brother is. Not because you are good but because your Brother is. Not because you are big but because your big Brother is the Prince, and he has a place prepared for you.
In You’ll Get through This, Lucado uses the life of Joseph from the book of Genesis as the underlying story in each chapter. Sharing Joseph’s misadventures and subsequent victories, Lucado then juxtaposes modern-day stories, showing you how to apply the principles to your own stories because you have the same God as Joseph did.
He reminds you how good and faithful God is, not just in times past, but in times present, in your own circumstances here and now.
Whether you’re currently living through a difficult season, or you just want to remain dependent on God even in good times, this book will help.
Here are some of my favorite passages.
David did not pray, “Do not take my crown from me. Do not take my kingdom from me. Do not take my army from me.” David knew what mattered most. The presence of God. He begged God for it. Do likewise. Make God’s presence your passion. How? Be more sponge and less rock.
You will never go wrong doing what is right.
Joseph began and ended his crisis assessment with references to God. God preceded the famine. God would outlive the famine. God was all over the famine. “God . . . famine . . . God.”
Don’t let the crisis paralyze you. Don’t let the sadness overwhelm you. Don’t let the fear intimidate you. To do nothing is the wrong thing. To do something is the right thing. And to believe is the highest thing. Just . . . keep calm and carry on.
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Thanks to BookSneeze for the review copy of this book
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