On the Sovereignty of God in the Midst of Devastations -Douglas Wilson-

“John Piper lives in a universe where terrible things happen, but he knows that when we come to know the whole story, we will stop our mouths, and bow before a holy God in order to worship Him — and all manner of things shall be well. To acknowledge God’s sovereignty in such things does not keep our hearts from breaking in the midst of such devastation. The sovereignty of God is a hard shell case that carries and protects the tender heart.

Douglas Wilson (on his blog, May 22, 2013) (emphasis mine)

On Prayer and God’s Sovereignty -Jerry Bridges-

“Prayer assumes the sovereignty of God. If God is not sovereign, we have no assurance that He is able to answer our prayers. Our prayers would become nothing more than wishes. But while God’s sovereignty, along with His wisdom and love, is the foundation of our trust in Him, prayer is the expression of trust.”

Jerry Bridges, Trusting God; Even When Life Hurts (p.113)

On Learning to Trust and Obey God -Jerry Bridges-

I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don’t feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.

Jerry Bridges, Trusting God

On the Cause of our Discontent -Elisabeth Elliot-

“The cause of our discontent: We simply do not believe God. The wilderness experience leads to the Promise Land. It is the path God chose for us. His Word is established forever, and He tells us in a thousand ways that He is our peace, His choices for us will lead to fulfillment and joy, the way of transgressors is hard. Do we suppose that we could find a better way than His?”

Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart (p.51)