I’m no Billy Graham. . .

But I did see him at the Metrodome once.

Today he is asked the question, “ 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 read Billy’s answer, it’s not bad, but it’s not my answer.

Here’s my answer: God doesn’t work that way, nor does He give the impression in the Bible that He does. God, although He cares for us and loves us, seldom seems to care about people’s problems; He cares about their faith. God cares about you more than your problem; that’s the foundation of grace and mercy.

David is a good example. 2 Samuel 12 shows David fasting and mourning to get God to save his son’s life. it didn’t work. Did God not care? He cared, but He cared more about David and His plan for David and David’s family.

It seems like getting God to do what you want would be a good thing, unfortunately, it often leads to pride and a faith that wanders away into nothing. See Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20.

Many people who have problems or sins that suddenly go away should be careful. Praise God for it, but be careful. It may be Satan letting up, making you take it easy. maybe even convincing you that since you defeated this sin you have to be saved now.

Although my answer probably seems heartless to a suffering person, the basic problem is a mixed up theological basis. Billy answers it sweetly in three paragraphs. I would have to deconstruct the theological mindset of the person.

God often wants us to flounder, struggle, and battle sins and life issues. He is driving us to Him. Your issue may be that you’d rather not have a problem more than you’d rather have God. Keep your head up. Keep fighting. Don’t give up on God. Keep coming back to Him. Don’t treat God like a lucky rabbit’s foot or a genie in a bottle. Don’t judge God because of your failings and weaknesses. He’s not the one with the problem.

Never use a temporal standard to determine your valuation of God. We’re all sinners who have fallen short and thus we will all struggle until the day we leave here (Romans 7 and 8). Look forward, always look forward. Get your eyes off your problem and take hold of eternal life.

It aint easy. It won’t be fun. But the rewards are eternal.

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