Don’t let your faith be overcome by your circumstances
by Billy Graham
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October 13, 2012 03:12 AM | 1170 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Q: I know we’re supposed to trust God when hard times come, but how can we keep trusting God when nothing seems to change? My husband lost his job two years ago, and it’s really been a trying time for us. — Mrs. K.W.

A: Your question points to a very real problem that I suspect we’ve all experienced in one way or another. It’s this: It’s easy to believe that God loves us and cares about us when things are going well, but when life turns against us, it becomes much harder to believe He cares.

Why should we keep trusting in God, even when nothing seems to change, and it looks like He isn’t even listening? One reason is because no matter how many changes have taken place in our lives, God has not changed. The Bible’s statement is true: “I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

And if God doesn’t change, then that means His promises don’t change, either. He promised to be with you in the past — and He still is. He promised to guide you in the past — and He still will. Know His promises... study His promises... believe His promises... and trust His promises. In the Bible “he has given us his very great and precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4).

We live in difficult economic times, and we all need to pray for those who are struggling because they have lost their jobs. We also need to pray for our nation’s political and business leaders. But pray especially for your own family, that you won’t get discouraged but will be open to whatever God has for you right now (even job retraining or volunteer work). Don’t let your faith be overcome by your circumstances, but let your circumstances be overcome by your faith.

Q: I don’t think God created us; I think that we created God. People thousands of years ago just made up the idea of God, so they could explain the things they didn’t understand. But we don’t need God now, because science answers all our questions. — L.W.

A: I’m thankful for all the discoveries and insights science has given us. Many of us (including me) wouldn’t even be alive today if it weren’t for advances in medicine and other branches of science.

But science doesn’t answer all our questions, nor can it ever do so — because some of life’s most basic questions are outside its scope. For example, scientists can speculate on how the universe was formed, but they can’t tell us the reason why it was formed. Nor can they tell us why we’re here, or how we should live, or what will happen to us when we die. In other words, science is limited; it can tell us what happens, but it can’t tell us the reason why it happens.

Only God can give us the answer to these questions — and has done so in the book He has given us, the Bible. I realize you may laugh at this right now, but have you ever read the Bible for yourself with an open mind and heart?

I invite you to do so — and when you do, you’ll discover not only that God exists, but also that He loves us and wants to come into our lives. More than that, you’ll discover who Jesus is, and that in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). Don’t let pride or anything else keep you from Him, because He alone can give us the answer to life’s deepest questions — both for this life, and the life to come.

Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call 1-(877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit www.billygraham.org.
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