We do get discouraged when life isn't the way we think it should be. We question what God is doing and why He is allowing this to happen.
Meyer wants us to see the bigger picture. He doesn't ask us to pretend the problems are not there. Rather, he wants us to embrace what is truly real - the One for us is greater than the one against us. Meyer knows the reasons to take heart are harder to see than the reasons to lose heart. Even though the tangible is before us, we must by faith believe what is unseen, the greatness of God and the truth of the Bible.
I like that Meyer encourages us to have the right perspective, to see our problems in relation to God's greatness. I like his enlightening point about projection, assuming that God feels about us the same way we feel about ourselves. I like his teaching on the tenses of discouragement, shame (past), disappointment (present), and anxiety (future). I like his teaching on identity. “As Christians, we are not living for an identity but from an identity.” (Loc 832/527)
Meyer is quick to point out that this book is no replacement for counseling if one is experiencing depression. This is a good book for those who are facing disappointment or experiencing some discouragement. This short book will encourage readers to think of the larger picture, to concentrate on God's greatness and what he is ultimately doing in our lives.
Jason Meyer is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church and associate professor of New Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He and his wife have four children and live in Roseville, Minnesota. Photo Credit: © Rick Busch
Baker Books. 160 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.