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Why should I trust God in a world full of violence, sadness, sickness, and disease? We find another question--why shouldn’t you? Tough times happen, whether it’s physical, mental or financial—trusting God is hard. What else do you have to lose? Nothing, God is omnipotent. This means he has unlimited power; able to do anything.

However, man has free will do as he pleases. 1 Corinthians 10:23: “We are allowed to do anything,” so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful.”

When it’s nature or sickness in the body, that’s hard to believe God has a plan or in control. Sometime we don’t have all the answers to life’s problems, and sometimes we can’t from God either. When the answer is “no” and we distance ourselves from the Creator, we continue the tailspin.

Not that you don’t have the right to be mad at God, yes, we can admit that we are upset with Him not answering prayers or not taking action. Certainly God can destroy evil. Doubt is the biggest enemy of faith, but we need to send it its way.

 People in the Bible doubted and struggled to understand the evil happening to them in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Find stories in the Bible that will help you. Look at Davis or Mosses. This will help when doubt comes in. Another encouragement to us being aware there are others who are struggling with trust, too.

They’re believers, not only those who are not following Christ. In Psalm 22:19 David cried out to God: “But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me.”

We need to depend on someone, and man is not the answer. People do feel separated in the world, souls need to be mended. As humans we are looking for answers, a thirst for something more sustainable.

We can seek God and be honest: “How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?”

God is love, He loves His creation, but we need to know again we don’t and won’t have all the answers. We were never promised that we would have an easy time on earth. No one has, no one will. Jesus spoke of the things to come: I have told you this so that you will have peace by being united to me. The world will make you suffer. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” Bad things do happen to good people, and it is hard to understand the reasons.

God still wants us to return to Him. C.S. Lewis said:

“But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

We are living in a deaf world and in a world that is chaotic. This is a time when we need to lean on God the most. Many people feel this absence, He is drawing is near to Him.

“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s [for] you will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you [and] do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”- 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17-18.

God sent us people ahead of us to help during hard time. He sent saints, people of faith, and martyrs to encourage us to stand strong and trust God in a fallen and sad world. Don't be afraid.

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