Q: I don’t understand why some of the kindest and most Christ-like people I know are also the ones with the most troubles. Life just doesn’t seem fair sometimes. If God really cared about us, wouldn’t he reward us when we’re good? — V.M.
A: God never promised that our lives would be free from trouble if we’ve put our faith in Christ and become his followers — because it simply isn’t true. Jesus warned, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).
But God did promise that he would never abandon us, and that even in the most difficult circumstances we can turn to him for the strength and patience we need. Even if our problems are similar to what others are experiencing, we know God still loves us, and he is with us no matter what happens. The Bible says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution …? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:35, 37).
I often think of the Apostle Paul in this regard. No one ever served Christ more faithfully — and yet he repeatedly faced sickness and persecution. Did this mean God didn’t love him, or was dissatisfied with him? No, certainly not. Instead, God used the experiences to draw him closer to Christ. He can do the same for us.
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No, life isn’t always fair — and to be honest, we don’t always know why God allows bad things to happen to us. But it’s far better to face life’s problems with Christ than without him. In addition, when we know Christ, we know that someday all our troubles will be over, and we will be with him forever in heaven. Is your faith and hope in him?
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