Our image of God, whom we can't see, is deeply affected by people, whom we can see.
I can't keep count of the times when I have seen how hard times make people much more relationally accessible than they were before their difficulty.
Open your heart and your sad feelings to Him and the safe people He brings to you.
What is faith? Faith is trusting God for your problems and for your life.
We want to know that life is good. Not perfect but good. Not problem free, but good. Good in some way that we did not anticipate. Good in some way that connects us to God, others, and our purposes in life.
I would not feel a lot of trust or hope in God if He was simply in touch with me without any impetus, power, or force to accomplish things. You may not always know the end game, but He is working for you.
Whatever our situation, we feel some sense of confusion, anxiety, and helplessness. At the same time, we think about God and wonder where He is.
Connecting with others during difficult times makes the trials more bearable.
Though your experience may indicate that God has forgotten you or has left you alone, He is on your side. He is the God of grace, and He is actively working on your behalf.
David, the man after God's own heart, got right to it and spilled out his guts about his experience: How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?
Hope is impossible unless we experience empathy and identification. We cannot feel hopeful that things will be OK unless someone understands what we are going through and gets it.
Faith grows when we assume the position of one who can't do it all by himself. That means we go to God, follow Him, and ask Him for help.
God wants to help us and will bear our burdens.
He has always been here, and He is here now. He loves you and is working actively for your good in His own way.
We must exercise faith. We don't pretend we're fine. We don't deny it. But we trust in Him.