Now I'll be the first to say that all of us, being the frail mortals that we are, do have moments where we falter. But if we truly have God in the Trinity in our hearts we will ultimately overcome those doubts and realize that faith is what it is all about. For while there is plenty of evidence that God exists, there is no actual proof, for we are expected to believe in Him by faith. And if we have that faith, we will, as James says in his letter, take that faith and put it to work.
Pain and suffering are the prime areas where we are always susceptible to doubt. Watching the news and seeing all of the horrific things being perpetrated against Christians around the world, and other peaceful peoples, it is sometimes hard not to ask God why He allows such things to happen. And what about the case where a young child is that he has inoperable cancer or when the teenager goes out to a party, only to be instantly killed in a car wreck? Situations like this do try to soul, for no parent expects to outlive a child. This is certainly a challenge to the strength of faith.
Even today we so often find our own nation, founded under God, taking a position which is opposite that of our faith. Much of the content of the Ten Commandments has been thrown out the window and replaced with an "if it feels good, do it" attitude. Pressure is often applied to Christians to accept degradation of moral standards or be painted as bigots when we know in our hearts that what we stand for represents God's law.
Why do these things happen and why does so much pain and suffering continue? Well, it's because God gave us the gift of free will. He wants us to love and believe in Him but it is our choice and we know that while many will accept His invitation, many others will not. Some even just say they'll wait until the last minute and then choose. But sometimes that last minute isn't afforded and it's too late.
If you read the Book of Job you will certainly evidence of a good man who had everything stripped from him, yet he refused to blame God, continuing to praise Him and asking for deliverance which eventually came. God was testing Job just like we are tested by many of the things we face every day. And we have a choice to make, will we respond in a manner that God desires or will we be weak and open ourselves to the evil of Satan, who is always standing by looking for another recruit.
We don't always know why God does what He does and when and how, but through our faith we are expected to trust Him and labor through the difficulties so that we may inherit the Glory that is promised to all who believe.
Isn't that comforting to know?
Have a great day in a world created by a magnanimous God. Bless you all.