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POSTED: June 12, 2012 12:30 p.m.

Trials and troubles are a part of life. There are good people who struggle day in and day out just to survive. Sometimes, good people do things that change that description of themselves because out of frustration they turn to crime or substance abuse. To them, it seems they have no place to go, no one that can help them make it through the rough times.

This idea of not having anyone to help in such times of need is the result of years of the idea that a supreme being does not exist.
Years of being taught in school, on television and other media outlets that there is no God has led to a vacuum in many lives, an emptiness that causes worry, fear and regret.

There is a God in heaven and he knows and cares about the troubles and trials that plague mankind. The perfect world he created was tarnished when sin entered the world (Genesis 3). Man disobeyed God, tried to blame it on others and hide from God, but God still loved man and offered man a way to be cleansed of sin if man would simply be obedient to God’s will. The promise of a savior starts in Genesis 3:15 and continues through all the Old Testament and the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the book of Acts, God’s plan is explained and carried out, the story of Christ was taught and people became obedient to God. Those who obey realize just how much God does care. Problems come to all, but knowing how much God loves and cares for his children gives his followers the strength to get through them.

Peter wrote, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). From the life of Christ we know that the Godhead understands pain and suffering.

He saw human suffering and emotions; he endured such while upon the earth. Standing at the grave of a friend, surrounded by wounded family members we find the words, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). God knows of the heartaches mankind faces, yet the Christian knows that God knows and cares for us. In him, comfort is found. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;  who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

God’s word tells of one who faced great problems is life, yet his faith in God saw him through. The man’s name was Job. He lost his possessions, all his children were killed and his so-called friends tormented them with their ideas of what his problem was — they tried to convince him he was such a sinner that God was punishing him. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. In the face of all this Job said, “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10).

Job knew where to turn: It was to God, and it is to God man needs to turn today. Turn your life over to the one who loves and cares for you.

God can help you on your journey of life, but you must turn to him and be obedient to his will.

 

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