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By   •   March 11, 2009   •   Topics: ,

Q:

I'm about to give up on God. I've prayed and prayed for Him to take away my problems, but nothing has changed. Why doesn't God do something? I thought He was supposed to care about us.


A:

God does care about us—far more than we will ever imagine. Even when we forget Him or ignore Him, He does not forget us or ignore us, because His love for us is everlasting. The Bible says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).

Why, then, doesn’t He take our problems away when we ask Him? I’ve pondered this question most of my life, and to be honest I don’t have an answer that covers every situation. God sees the whole picture; we see only a part. Someday we will understand, when we see Jesus in heaven—but until then, the Bible says, “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

But I do know this: Often God answers our prayers not by taking our problems away, but by giving us the strength and wisdom to deal with them. Yes, when problems arise we all wish they’d just go away—but sometimes God wants us to turn to Him and instead ask Him for the strength to stand up under them. And when we do, He has promised to grant it. The Apostle Paul said, “I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

May this be your experience as you turn your life over to Jesus Christ and trust your problems into His care. God loves you; He loves you so much that He sent His Son into the world to make you part of His family forever. Put your trust in Him today.

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99 Comments

  1. Evans chunguli mugwanga says:

    Very encouraging

  2. Dee says:

    I prayed for almost 13 years for a situation involving my son. Then he died 8 months ago at the age of 30 leaving 3 small children. He was going to take care of my disabled daughter when I’m gone. Now she has no one. He was away from God so I don’t know where he will be spending eternity. My grandchildren moved and aren’t in a good situation. I feel forsaken by God but I am trying to hang on the the grain of faith I have left. If I only knew if my son made peace with God I might could handle things a little better. I almost died when I was young. I wish I would have.

    1. Debbie says:

      Dee, my son will be 29 in a few months and I’ve been praying for his recovery from drug addiction for 14 years. Nothing changes and I’m just waiting for the call that he’s dead. I don’t know if he’s right with God either. I just continue on and on down this horrible road. I wish I’d died at birth; it’s just too much to take.

  3. Simon Babos says:

    I was a man who witnessed about God and Jesus but now after so many unfulfilled promises, I have given up on God. God loves us? It must be a joke! He needs our sorrows because he feeds on them. Our sufferings must satisfy his sadistic needs. Example: Two months ago I had a heart surgery and a pacemaker implanted.
    After returning from the medical leave, I was fired and at the company that I found a job, everybody is smoking in the office. I saved you to torture you more.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Simon,

      Having a relationship with God doesn’t mean we won’t suffer. Sin affects everyone, and because of that, we all experience pain and hardship. The difference is that God promises to be with those who trust in Him. Psalm 34:19 says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” That doesn’t mean life will be easy, but that we will have help overcoming difficult times. God is with us through all the obstacles we face so we don’t have to face them alone. We can lean on Him in tough times because we know He cares for us and will help us through any sorrow, grief or frustration we are dealing with. That gives us hope because even when we don’t understand why things are happening, we know that in God’s infinite wisdom, He can bring good out of bad situations. … Suffering also allows us to help others in similar situations and pass on the hope that we have in Christ. … Remember, too, the great suffering that Christ faced. He was perfect – holy – yet He suffered much to pay the price for our sins and give us eternal life.

      For more about His love, or to chat with someone online, you can visit our website: http://peacewithgod.net/

      You can also click here for more on why people suffer: http://bit.ly/QuestionsAboutSuffering