Placing trust in God is a confusing practice for those without faith or those who stand on shaky faith in their walk with Christ. In fact, I’ve had several people question my faith, often asking the same type of questions:
“If God is real, why does cancer exist?”
“Why do people suffer if there’s a God?”
“Shouldn’t God cure the problems of the world instead of asking you to pray over them?”
The truth is, placing your trust in God does not mean life will go your way or life will always work in your favor. Heck, if that were the case, every last believer would live a life according to their ideal plan, free of struggle, challenges and pain, and God’s power would cease to exist. Nevertheless, some people believe that their faith entitles them to fewer problems and fewer stressors. In fact, those types of people believe faith is contingent on whether or not God comes through with their requests. John 16:33 shares, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The Bible confirms that believers will have trouble. The Bible also confirms that God can and will perform miracles; however, He does not protect everyone from everything. Whether believers and non-believers want to accept this truth, pain is something everyone must face, regardless of faith (or lack thereof).
Recently, well-known televangelist, Joyce Meyer, admitted her beliefs on Christia prosperity were, at times, “out of balance.” Meyer now understands that people suffer in life and their level of suffering is not on account of a lack of faith:
“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I’ve learned about faith, but it got out of balance,” she said. “Every time somebody had a problem in their life, [I thought] it’s because they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick it’s because you don’t have enough faith. If your child died, it’s because you don’t have enough faith,” she shared via Instagram.
He is there for us, even in the worst of times, and we can trust, without a shadow of a doubt, that our eternal happiness is on the forefront of our Heavenly Father’s mind.
No matter how diligent you are with prayer, meditation, studying the Word, service and ministry, you will not dodge turmoil. Instead, the greater your faith becomes, the more spiritually equipped you become to deal with the ways of the world. God does promise one incredible constant, though—He is there for us, even in the worst of times, and we can trust, without a shadow of a doubt, that our eternal happiness is on the forefront of our Heavenly Father’s mind. We may not be able to see God or hear God, but we can trust that He will ultimately lead us to peace and comfort.
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Believers and non-believers, do you want to know something else, something that will really open your eyes to the reality about the evils of the world? In order to assign something the label of evil, there must be a standard in place regarding right and wrong, and this standard is rooted in God as the utmost moral standard! So, if you choose to recognize evil, you must immediately recognize that God is the basis of all things good.
Evil may exist, but that does not mean His love is nonexistent. Instead, we can rejoice in the fact that He will reveal the ultimate glory to us in Heaven: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).