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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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  1. JamesL says:

    I gave up on God already and I discovered it really doesn’t matter. I did come back once and felt like the prodigal son coming home. However a split second of peace was replaced by trials and tribulations almost like God wanted to test me again through fire so the gold would be purified. In the end, it was just too much for me. In my last prayer to him (not sure if he was listening or not but at that point, I didn’t really care anymore), I told him I don’t want the crown of life anymore, I don’t want to be purified through fire, I don’t want his given strength, and I don’t want his glory nor plan. I abandoned the armor of God and left the battlefield.

  2. Comfort Mthembo says:

    I need God’s help. I am sinking in debt and am failing to raise money to take me out of debt. This is eating me. I need urgent help

  3. naddia says:

    I was out of work for awhile. I was so eager to go back on the work force. I got into car accident now I may have to go on disability. I feel like God does not want me to work. And I recently lost my mother. Due to my health I am taking it one day at a time. Sometimes I wish I could die in my sleep. I am doing bible study now.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Naddia,

      We are sorry to hear you’ve been through so many struggles but know you aren’t alone in your struggles. Sometimes suffering makes us feel angry or bitter, and we don’t always understand God’s timing. But we should remember that He didn’t create evil, and His plan was not for us to suffer. He is a just, merciful and loving God who gave humans free will when He created them. But because we are imperfect and sinful, we experience evil, unfairness and hardship. Even so, God can bring good out of bad situations.

      We encourage you to keep praying for your situation. We often think that the only way God answers prayer is with a “yes.” But “no” and “wait” are also valid answers. God doesn’t always give us what we want, but He knows what He’s doing. What we are asking in prayer might not be what’s best for us, even if we don’t fully understand it. (Romans 2:11 says, “God does not show favoritism,” so don’t think He cares less for you than someone else. He calls each person unique and valuable.)

      God might not give us an immediate answer to our prayers, and sometimes our prayers are answered in a way we fail to recognize. We pray for prosperity, and sometimes financial stress is given. But our souls are made stronger in the process. We pray for health, and affliction is given, and we are better able to sympathize with those in affliction. We might question God’s wisdom, but He makes no mistakes.

      God knows you by name and cares about you. Talk to Him like you would talk to a friend; be honest about your feelings and know that it’s OK to express your emotions. Ask Him to guide you.

      In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

      Lamentations 3:22-23 also says, “For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

      We will pray for God’s wisdom in your life.

  4. Su says:

    So I am age 27 and based in Zambia, Africa.. I used to run a small business apart from my day job. Due to economic setbacks it crashed and now I am in debt. I am asking the bank to bail me out and it’s full of red tape and corruption.. I have prayed that God open an avenue for me for months on end and it’s silent.. What hurts me the most is I have a stable job and I am able to pay back over time but sometimes it’s like all my avenues have been hardened. Like someone deliberately wants me to suffer.. Does God really hear us when we pray? Does God really intervene or is it just time and chance? I am really at my end and giving up on faith and life…

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Su,

      We just prayed for you and are sorry to hear you are so discouraged. God never changes. He loves you just as much today as He always has. He will never give up on you.

      Sometimes we feel far from God because we rely on our feelings instead of on facts—the facts of what Christ has done for us. Feelings and emotions aren’t wrong; God gave them to us, and they are an important part of our lives. Feelings, however, come and go.

      But facts—unlike our feelings—don’t change, and we need to rely on them instead of our feelings. The greatest fact of all is that Jesus Christ died for you, because He loves you and wants you to be with Him in heaven forever. The Bible says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

      God might also seem distant because we neglect the spiritual “food” He has provided to strengthen us—the spiritual guidance found in the Bible, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. Just as we’ll grow weak physically if we neglect to eat, so we’ll grow weak spiritually if we neglect these things. Make them part of your life every day so you can grow closer to God. He promises that when you seek Him, you will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13).

      Here is an article for you. The second section on ‘Why do godly people suffer?’ is especially encouraging for your situation. Don’t give up on God – He really loves and cares for you.

      GoingFarther

  5. Davina Wilkins says:

    God has put me through enough, I realise there is no hope, no point as its just a waste of time. No point in praying for anything, he does nothing for me, everything for others so I see it. Unfair to the point I’m broken and un-mendable. Given up for real this time

    1. BGEA says:

      Davina,
      We urge you not to give up. A member of our team would love to talk and pray with you. Please visit https://peacewithgod.net/ and click on the chat icon.