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Q:

I have a lot of problems, and my friend says that, if I just have enough faith, God will take them away. Is she right? If so I guess I'll always have them, because my faith isn't very strong.


A:

No doubt your friend is sincere and wants to help you, but God hasn’t promised to take away all our problems if we just have enough faith. Sometimes God does intervene and take them away in response to our prayers of faith, but not always. Instead, sometimes He gives us the courage and strength to carry on in the midst of our problems.

No one had a stronger faith than the Apostle Paul, and yet, in spite of his faith and his prayers, God chose not to take away a particular problem that oppressed him (an unnamed illness). Instead, in the midst of his weakness, Paul experienced a new measure of God’s power and love. He said, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9).

Don’t misunderstand me; no matter what problems we face, we should turn to God and seek His help. After all, isn’t it better to face our problems with God than without Him? Remember Jesus’ words: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

Most of all, don’t be satisfied with a weak faith. Begin by making sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and then grow in your faith by making the Bible and prayer and fellowship with other believers part of your daily life. God loves you, and He wants you to learn to walk with Him every day.

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36 Comments

  1. Monty says:

    What Dr. Graham is saying is true. I had a major illness back in 2008. God did not take it away, but he has helped me to cope with it. He will help you too. Trust in him always.

  2. Mary says:

    I have tried to always keep positive and look in God's Word when I have a problem because there is always an answer from God and His Word. Yes, God is the answer for this world and every situation God is love and He has the power to change a person

  3. isaac says:

    It is wonderful answer we face problems each day.

  4. JOAN says:

    I LOVE NAOMI'S COMMENT !SHE IS SO RIGHT!!!! WHEN WE STAY FOCUSED ON CHRIST, EVERY PROBLEM WE MIGHT HAVE MELTS AWAY.STAY FIXED ON CHRIST JESUS AND YOU WILL NOT FAIL!! THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE CROSS AND YOUR RESURRECTION!!!

  5. Joan says:

    I have found that through daily Bible study, the Lord gives me peace and assurance that though the world around us is in chaos, He is still in control and will NEVER leave us or forsake us.

  6. Francis says:

    What I have learned in life is to ASK any question in life you might have to God – and then, when we cooperate with Him to find the answer – GOD ANSWERS EVERY QUESTION. The Bible does not say -SEEK and ye shall PROVE – it says SEEK and ye shall FIND

  7. Ebere says:

    Jesus is the only answer to our problem,

  8. Bolaji says:

    Nothing is to be feared only to be understood. We are not serving a wicked God (Isa 49:15)… But without faith it is impossible to please God… Faith in God makes us understand what He's passing to us in time of trials.Thank you sir, my father in the Lord

  9. Sharron says:

    I was reading my bible one night and as I read of God's decision to offer Jesus for our sins I found myself crying with Him. I lost a child when she was only 8 months and 27 days old. Both instances reinforced my faith.

  10. Patrick says:

    I have found that what I thought were bad things occurring to me turned out in the long run to be for the better. Remember, the Bible says that all things work out for the better for those who love God.