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If God is righteous and just, why has he left my life in shambles?

Often, we find ourselves facing situations that challenge our trust in God. We’ve said our daily prayers, read our Bible, have gone to church every Sunday, and even tithed our ten percent, yet, we find ourselves faced with financial difficulties, uncertainty about life direction, and turmoil over our relationships.

This juncture is the fork in the road where believers struggle to find answers to justify their wavering faith in a God who could have, but didn’t. If God is sovereign—omniscient and omnipotent, he should have foreseen my situation, stepped in, and changed the course.

So what do you do?

First, be honest with yourself and make sure that this question isn’t merely an intellectual exercise (or smokescreen to avoid God’s will).

Second, understand that we don’t and can’t know all there is to know about God. We can’t necessarily understand the connections between his kindness and our anguish. But the Bible continuously affirms that our Creator is kind and just, so we can correctly assume that God allows these things for our benefit.

The best way to approach our turmoil is to wait and see how God acts on our behalf. Whatever evil comes our way, God will enter into it and bring something extraordinary from it—bringing good out of evil displays God’s rescuing power to those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). It increases our trust in his loving care. What we need to know is that he loves and cares for us, even though we might consider what he’s doing to be confusing or cruel to us.

Abraham reached this rock-solid conclusion about life not on the grounds of the passing moment, but his long walk with God. So whatever might be happening right now to you, me, or our loved ones or friends, we can rest assured that what God is doing behind the scenes is merciful even without knowing the details. When we don’t get the meaning or purpose of the moment, we can be as sure as Abraham was that the Judge of all the earth will do right (Genesis 18:25).

And, like Abraham, we will arrive at this same conviction about the character of our Creator. It takes the experience of walking through a series of long, dark, sometimes blind alleys to do so. There may be weeping for the night, but there will be joy in the morning. Wait for it; it is the faithful promise of our God (Psalm 30:5).

For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning. 

-Psalm 30:5

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Pastor John Snyder

John I. Snyder is an international pastor, conference speaker, and bestselling author of "Sheltered With God: Finding God’s Peace in a World of Fear." He is also the author of "Resenting God: Escape the Downward Spiral of Blame" from Abingdon Press and "Your 100 Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God" from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Pastor John received his Master of Theology and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and he received his Doctor of Theology degree magna cum laude in New Testament Studies from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

John has been featured on Focus on the Family, Moody Radio, Fox News, Faith Radio Network, Cru, American Family Radio Network, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Bottom Line with Roger Marsh, Miracle Channel, Bill Martinez Live, and many more.

Pastor John is host of the podcast The Walk on Theology Mix. The Walk is about our faith walk, the way we live out our faith in our daily life. It brings together conversations of faith from all aspects with writers, pastors, friends, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others.

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