"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7
There is a young man with whom I am acquainted that happens to be going through some very challenging times. The pain in his life has caused him to question God. It is not that he questions the existence of God but the presence of God.
Beloved, there are times in each of our lives when, for one cause or another, that we become very uncomfortable. Whether it is physical pain, emotional turmoil or mental exasperation, we who find it quite natural to want to avoid discomfort find ourselves appealing to God to make it all go away. We must not think of God as some magical creature who, like a genie in a bottle, pops out and grants our wishes whenever we call him. If that were the case, the Almighty Creator of the universe would be little more than the kid at the fast food restaurant that puts burgers and fries in the bag for us and we would be gods.
God is most certainly present throughout our daily lives even when we may feel that he is missing, especially during our troubled times. Our faith must give us the assurance that he is ever with us and is working things out for our good. Throughout Joseph's troubled life of hatred by his brothers, being kidnapped at their hands, being placed in servitude, accused of immorality and even imprisoned, God was not only with him the whole time, but was preparing him to save not one, but two nations. Without his troubles and God's presence, it would not have been possible. It was the difficult and painful times that gave him the knowledge and the experience to succeed.
So to all who may be in a tough spot right now, trust him.