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I've given up on God because He doesn't seem to care about me. I can't even begin to list all the problems I have—money, health, job, family tensions, you name it. I know you say God cares about us but I haven't seen any evidence of it in my life.


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Have you ever stopped to list the good things in your life? Sometimes we get so caught up with the bad things that are happening to us that we fail to see the other side. As the old hymn says, “Count your many blessings; name them one by one—and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

Don’t misunderstand me, however; your problems are real, and I know that at times it seems like God has forgotten you or hidden His face from you. Even some of the Bible’s greatest men and women felt that way on occasion. In the midst of his pain and loss, Job cried out, “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?” (Job 10:8).

But in time Job realized that God still loved him, and even if he didn’t understand why he was experiencing so much suffering and heartache, God still could be trusted. The turning point came when Job looked beyond his problems and focused instead on God and His greatness and love. Then he could say, “I know that my Redeemer lives” (Job 19:25).

This is why I urge you to turn to Christ and ask Him to come into your life. God loves you—and the proof is that His only Son was willing to endure the pain and death of the cross for you. Open your heart to Him, and then ask Him to give you the wisdom to change what you can, and the courage to endure what you can’t.

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98 Comments

  1. Brian says:

    I was actually researching some material for my Bible study, and I stumbled across this page and felt the need to reply to a lot of people here who are in a lot of pain and hopelessness:
    In your pain, God is still with you 110%. There is a divine purpose in your adversity, and you can find total, complete freedom in doing one thing—truly give up your life to Jesus Christ. When you give up your life to Christ, it means you don’t own your life any more and it is Christ’s responsibility because He owns it now. I say this as someone who went through some extremely dry and dark times for many years, and God was always with me.

  2. LM says:

    Lord, help my poor faith!

  3. Jolana says:

    Wow, I came across this website while searching for some confirmation on some difficulties I am experiencing at present, and I thought how heartbreaking it is to know that so many people are ready to give up on God! Listen, I know firsthand how difficult it is when you are struggling and praying and it sincerely seems as though God is not hearing you. My brothers and sisters, one thing you have to understand is that the enemy of all mankind is always lurking in the shadows to discourage all those who seek God’s help. realize that during these times, it is not popular to mention the devil, but none the less, he is real, and it is his endeavor to turn people away from God in what ways he can. Please don’t give up on God! He is there!

  4. Andrew L. says:

    God, please help all of us here and help us to trust in You. I can’t say or do anymore. Please.

  5. Mervyn says:

    I used to be a believer. Or thought I was. Was brought up in a strict Christian family. I even played drums for the church band and always participated. Then few years ago I started to realise a lot. He doesn’t exist? I’ve prayed so many times when I’ve desperately needed his help and I’ve always been let down. It’s come to the point that i hate him if he even exists. I want to believe in him but I simply can’t anymore and find it extremely hard to after being let down. Yesterday I got fired from my job. 2 weeks before Christmas. Have faith? No thanks.

    1. Mary says:

      Mervyn, I know exactly how you feel.

    2. Mary says:

      Mervyn, you are not alone in your feelings. I hope you have found another job.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I’ve been praying for years for 2 basic things in life, but God doesn’t help. I’ve hoped and believed like a child, to experience nothing but disappointment. I know he’s there. But he doesn’t help me at all. I’m so disappointed God has left me to the wolves in life. His help and mercy on me has not cometh. It’s shattering to experience his coldness towards me. I’ve lost faith in Him caring for me.

  7. Debra Lozano says:

    I’m 62 years old and I love God, but I sometimes feel He has forgotten my family and I. It’s hard when I have struggled my whole life and could never depend on anyone but the Lord. Now I really feel bad since I had a heart attack at the same time they found cancer. I’m tired of praying and begging.

  8. Ann says:

    I’m in the same place as many others who are posting here. I’ve had a chronic health issue for more than a year that has totally interrupted my life. I had to give up my job and my Bible study group. I know God exists, I keep praying, but … crickets chirping. This illness is affecting my marriage and our finances. Even if He doesn’t want to help me, I don’t want my husband to suffer because of this too.

  9. Christine Winans says:

    I am 100% sure that GOD does not exist, and therefore does not care about me or anyone else.
    How can any one believe in a GOD that allows the kind of society we live to exist. Children raped and murdered, people starving around the world. What type of GOD would allow this to happen to his loved ones?
    If there is a GOD watching all of this, why does he not intervene? Why does he allow so much suffrage?
    This is not the type of GOD I can trust and believe in.

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Christine,

      Even though you say you don’t believe in God, we’re thankful that you have taken a minute to comment on our website. It appears as though you’re looking for answers, or you wouldn’t be exploring a Christian site. Could it be that God has placed a desire in you to seek Him out?

      To your questions about why God allows suffering, there are no simple or easy answers. Here is what Billy Graham has said:
      Short answer: https://impactnews.info/answer/why-does-god-allow-suffering-in-the-world/
      Longer answer: https://impactnews.info/story/why-does-god-allow-suffering/

      Here’s what we’d like to tell you today: God loves you. He does exist, and you can get to know Him and have peace with Him. To learn how to do that, we have a site called . It explains who God is, why we should care and how we can get to know Him. There are also opportunities to talk with a chat coach who’s waiting for your questions right now. We hope this is helpful to you, and we are praying for you. -BGEA team

    2. Denise Edwards says:

      I agree. I have been a Christian most of my life. I am done, too. The suffering makes me so sad every day. I am suffering too but in a different way from people who are homeless and hungry. But, suffering is suffering and we cannot always compare because it all hurts. My conclusion is we live on this planet and never know why and how we really got here. I have been alone for so long. My boyfriend died and I have absolutely no one. No friends, no support and no family. Nothing works out that I try and I give up.

  10. JAY says:

    I felt the same. I don’t feel God cares about me because I’m poor, jobless and unlucky. But I still believe in God. All I can say to those using the name of God to cheer up those in pain is, instead of using the word God, why don’t you help those in need, in pain, depressed, weak, poor? It is easy to say God loves you, blah blah blah, in order to cheer up those depressed. I believe that Jesus came here to introduce God the father and LOVE. Yes LOVE. True love can change everything. God can’t come here and help us one by one. That is why God taught us LOVE so we will represent God to help those in need, weak and poor. That’s the purpose why God taught us LOVE. That’s what is missing in many religions.

    1. ted says:

      I agree. Saint Francis once told his friars, “Preach Christ always. Use words only if necessary.” He was right that what matters most of all is what followers of Jesus do, not what they say.

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