Where is God amid problems?

When we face a tough problem, we may pray to God for help in getting rid of that problem. And if we don’t get any help, we may wonder, “Where is God?”

To understand how God helps, consider an example. Suppose we are walking through a desert and are feeling as if we are dying of thirst. If we asked someone to suddenly change the desert to an oasis, they are unlikely to be able to do that. 

Though God is omnipotent, he doesn’t usually change the world’s problem-prone nature; instead, he helps us change our capacity to face those problems. He is capable of giving us extraordinary amounts of non-material strength. As long as we are fixated on his removing the problem, we blind ourselves to the strength he is ever-ready to offer. 

Though he can and does sometimes remove particular problems, he knows that we all have to eventually confront the reality that life is beset with problems. If we are to even survive, leave alone thrive, we need to become strong enough to endure such problems. That’s the opportunity he provides us when we are faced with situations wherein we can do nothing but seek inner strength. And he gives us that strength when we stay connected with him as the Bhagavad-gita (18.58) assures. 

When we discover that by God’s grace, we can become stronger than what we thought we were, that discovery is far more empowering than his miraculously removing the problem. Thus do we realize that God was helping us even when we felt that he wasn’t helping us.

One-sentence summary:

Even if God doesn’t take us out of problems, he will take us through those problems.

Think it over:

  • When seeking God’s help, how might we blind ourselves? 
  • When we seek God’s help amid problems, why doesn’t he just remove those problems?
  • Recollect any difficult situation when you discovered inner strength you didn’t know you had. How can you see God’s hand in that situation? 

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18.58: If you become conscious of Me, you will pass over all the obstacles of conditioned life by My grace. If, however, you do not work in such consciousness but act through false ego, not hearing Me, you will be lost.

Author: Chaitanya Charan

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  1. Thank you Prabhu Ji. When I was sent from Canada to a Roman Catholic Preparatory school in the UK, I was told a story that seems relevant here. It is called ‘Footsteps:
    One night I dreamed a dream.
    As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
    Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
    For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
    One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

    After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
    I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
    especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
    there was only one set of footprints.

    This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
    “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
    You’d walk with me all the way.
    But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
    there was only one set of footprints.
    I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

    He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
    Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
    When you saw only one set of footprints,
    It was then that I carried you.”

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  2. Hare Krishna dandavat prabhu. Just few minutes back I was complaining Krishna why he is not solving ny problem’s and just got answer in form of your post. Trust Krishna answering through you

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    • Amazing. Happy to have served as an instrument, even if undeserving and unknowing.

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  3. Thank you very much for this article… I was in much need.. I’m cent percent sure that Lords speaks through his representative like you.
    We are so fortunate to get such wonderful guidance

    Thank you very much!
    Also thank you for the wonderful story shared in comments..

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    • Happy to be of service.

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