67 Reminders When You Feel Like God Doesn’t Care

67 reminders when you feel like God doesn't careI’ve been a Jesus-follower long enough to know that the Christian life ain’t all rainbows and sunshine. It’s a journey with mountain top experiences and their valleys below. And in those valleys, the struggle is real. Sometimes in long seasons of suffering, it can feel like God is silent and far away. And you find yourself wondering, Does He see? Does He even care?

I wrote this for a dear one of mine who has been suffering in the sea of adversity; drowning in wave upon insufferable wave. At times it seems unfair. Unjust. Undeserved. Left with a broken heart and a million unanswered questions.

In our darkest moments, it can feel like God has abandoned us. Or that He has turned a deaf ear to our prayers. Or that He isn’t moved by our tears. But just because we feel that way, does not mean it’s true.

Because He is there. He does see. And He deeply cares.

In every moment of great pain, struggle, or tragedy there lies an opportunity. The Christian life is a battle for perspective. The battle is not in your circumstances but within your mind.

In our darkest moments, we are vulnerable. We are at war though we may not even realize it. In every moment of great pain, struggle, or tragedy lies an opportunity. The enemy will waste no time in using this opportunity to harm and destroy you; to bombard you with lies about yourself and God that leave you confused, crushed, and in despair. But God wants to use your pain as an opportunity to give you clarity, strength, and surround you with His intimate love.

The Christian life is a battle for perspective; for Truth. When you suffer, you can choose to succumb to the lies or you can combat them with Truth. One will destroy you, the other will empower you. The battle is not in your circumstances but within your mind.

How you handle your pain will greatly impact your faith, character, and future. No matter what you face, God loves you deeply, He can be trusted, and He still has a good plan for your life even when everything around you is falling apart. So when you feel confused, when life doesn’t make sense, when you can’t reconcile God’s character with your circumstances, cling to His Truth. Your circumstances may change but God will always stay the same.

Last week when I sent these to my loved one, God ironically used them for me too. The next day I received deflating news about my health and began spiraling into an emotional tailspin. These 67 reminders served as a lifeline, providing peace in my circumstance.

I’ve included Scripture verses with these reminders because let’s be honest – it’s better to let God speak for Himself. Many of these reminders are promises to those who believe in Jesus and are Christ-followers.

I pray you can find a quiet moment this week to really meditate on these Truths from God’s Word. May they set your heart free and may you know beyond a shadow of a doubt how deep and wide God’s love is for you!

Looking for more posts on how to handle pain and suffering? Check out Pain with a Purpose, The Questions that Saved My Life, 1 Unique Way to Uncover Your Purpose, Why You Must Lose Your Leaves this Season, Timing is Everything, and The Message in the Mess.

God Cares…And This is What it Looks Like

Jesus wants to have a personal, intimate, tender, loving, gentle relationship with you! One full of patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, mercy and forgiveness.

1. God sees you. Your heart, emotions, struggles, and life does not go unnoticed by Him (Job 31:4, Prov 5:21, Prov 15:3, 2 Chron 16:9, Jer 23:24).

2. He intimately knows you, and will never forget about you (Ps 139, Is 44:21-22, Is 49:14-16).

3. God is for you – and He does what is necessary to heal you and strengthen your heart so you can finish strong, bear fruit, and be like Jesus (Rom 8:31, 2 Chron 16:9, Heb 12:1-2)

4. God is always near you (Ps 73:28, Ps 145:18, Phil 4:5, Eph 2:13).

5. He will never leave you nor abandon you (Deut 31:6, Matt 28:20).

6. He will redeem and restore the shame of your youth (Is 54:4-5, Joel 2:25, Is 43:18-19).

7. God will take care of you and carry you all your life, even when you are old and grey (Is 46:3-4).

8. God intimately and personally created you with His own hands (Ps 139).

9. He values you (Luke 12:7)

10. He delights in you (Zeph 3:17).

11. You are precious in His sight and He loves you (Is 43:1-2, 3-4, John 3:16, 1 John 4:19, Rom 5:8, Rom 8:37-39, Ps 103:11, Eph 3:17-19)

12. You are His own child, part of His family (John 1:12, Is 46:3-4, Gal 3:26, Rom 8:14-19)

13. He chose you. He wants you on His team (John 15:16)

14. His own Spirit dwells in you (John 14:20, 2 Cor 1:22, 1 Cor 6:19)

15. You are His masterpiece (Eph 2:10).

16. God created you (Is 43:7, Gen 1:27, 31) as a human being, not a human doing.

17. God cares more about having a personal relationship with you than He does about what you can do for Him (Luke 15:7, 11-24).

18. And He has prepared a purpose for you (Prov 19:21, 2 Tim 1:9, Eph 2:10).

19. He has really good plans in store for you – that are actually good and not to harm you (Jer 29:11).

20. He is always working on your behalf, both to give you the will and the power to do what’s right and follow Him (Phil 2:13).

21. He began a good work in you and will see to it that it is completed (Phil 1:6).

22. You are not alone. God longs for you to come to Him (Ps 27:8, Matt 11:28, Is 55:3, 6-7)

23. He will never turn you away or reject you (John 6:37, 2 Tim 2:13).

24. He hears you (Micah 7:7)

25. You don’t have to carry the world on your shoulders. God cares about your heart and wants to bear your burdens for you (Matt 11:28-29, 1 Pet 5:7, Ps 55:22, Is 53:4,  Is 40:29-31)

26. He cares about the desires of your heart. He is not apathetic to them nor withholding them from you. He longs to give you good things (Ps 145:16, 19, Matt 7:11, Matt 6:33, Ja 1:17).

27. The responsibility to provide or make things work out is not your burden to bear. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him for what you need and want (John 14:13-14, Matt 7:7-8, Matt 18:19, Matt 21:22, Ja 4:1-3)

28. You don’t have to figure things out on your own. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him for wisdom – whether seemingly insignificant or for a life-altering decision – He will always generously give it! (James 1:5)

29. God is always truly good. He never deals with you in an evil, wrong, or harmful manner. He will never use and abuse you. He is the perfect, purest form of any good we see or experience here on earth. (Ps 27:13, 23:6, 31:19, 34:8, 65:4 100:5, Ja 1:17).

30. He can always be trusted (Ps 22:4, Is 26:4, Is 26:3, Is 50:10, Prov 3:5-8).

31. He is a safe place in times of heartache or trouble (Ps 46:1, Ps 4:8).

32. He delivers you from all your fears (Ps 34:4, 17, Is 49:10,  Is 50:2)

33. He doesn’t want you to be anxious but instead to wait for Him to act (Phil 4:6-9, Matt 6:25-34, Is 50:10, 1 Pet 5:7, John 14:27, Ps 27:13-14)

34. God is your always present Help in times of need (Is 50:7, Ps 46:1, Heb 13:6, Ps 121).

35. He is your resourceful Provider (Ps 145:15, Phil 4:19)

36. Your patient Teacher (Ps 32:8, 25:4-6)

37. Your gentle Shepherd (Ps 23, John 10:7-18)

38. Your compassionate Comforter (Ps 103:8, Is 49:13, Is 51:11-12,  2 Cor 1:3-7)

39. Your fierce Protector (Is 35:4, Ps 121, 2 Thes 3:3, 2 Sam 22:3-4, 2 Tim 4:18, Ps 138:7, Ps 91:1-3, 11-12)

40. Your merciful Healer (Ps 147:3, Ps 30:2, Is 53:4-5, Ex 15:26, Ps 103:1-3, Ps 107:19-21, Rev 21:4)

41. Your faithful Father (Ps 68:5-6, 27:10, Rom 8:15-16)

42. Your safe Refuge (Ps 18:2, 91:2, Is 25:4)

43. Your perfect Savior (Isaiah 12:2, 2 Sam 22:3, Hab 3:18, Ps 55:16-18, Ps 62:1, Acts 2:21)

44. Your intimate Friend (John 15:15)

45. The affectionate Lover of your soul (Jer 31:20, Is 54:10).

46. God gently nurtures (Is 66:12-14) and strengthens you (Phil 4:13).

47. He will never rebuke you for being weak (2 Cor 12:9-10, John 6:37, Rom 8:26).

48. God has compassion on your weaknesses (Ps 103:13-14, Heb 4:15, Is 40:29).

49. He does not stand ready to rebuke you when you fail (Ps 103:13-14; 136:23, John 3:16-17).

50. Instead, He helps you and picks you up when you fall. (Ps 145:14, Ps 37:24)

51. He is quick to forgive (1 John 1:9, Ps 86:5, Ps 103:12)

52. God is not mad at you. He is slow to anger and will no longer punish you because Jesus is your propitiation (Ps 103:10-11, Ps 103:8, 1 John 2:1-2, Rom 3:23-26, 1 Thes 5:9-10, 1 John 4:18).

53. He gives you guidelines and principles to follow in order to protect you from the destruction, heartache and consequences of sin (Ps 119, 11, 105).

54. God loves you enough to discipline you when there is sin rooted in your heart in order to train you to be like Jesus (Heb 12)

God allows suffering in your life to….

55. Test you (James 1:2-4, 12, 1 Pet 4:12-14,)

56. Train you (Heb 12:4-11, Rom 5:3-5)

57. To get rid of sin in your life (1 Peter 4:1-2)

58. He uses your pain and suffering for your good (Rom 8:28, Ps 119:71) and for His glory (John 9:3, 1 Pet 1:6-7).

59. He will always vindicate you, punish evildoers, and reveal your righteousness. (Ps 37, Ps 135:14, Is 35:4, Is 54:17, Ps 26:1, Is 50:8, Lam 3:58, Rom 12:19-21)

60. When you suffer unjustly, it does not mean God is mad at you or punishing you or that you have somehow failed Him. On the contrary, if you suffer unfairly you are approved by God, being given the opportunity to be like Jesus, joining him in His sufferings (1 Pet 2:19-25)

But when you go through trials and suffering…

61. God will be with you (Is 43:2)

62. He fully understands and feels what you are going through because He has also suffered and has been through much worse (Heb 12:3-4, Heb 4:15-16, Is 53)

63. He will help you (Ps 22:24, 120:1)

64. Deliver you (Ps 34:19)

65. Comfort you (2 Cor 1:3-7)

66. Strengthen you (1 Pet 5:10, Ps 16:8, 46:1-3)

67. And make you fruitful (Gal 6:9, 2 Cor 4:8-10, Heb 12:11).

You can know, believe, and be convinced that what God says about you is TRUE. Anything contrary to His Word about you is a lie from the enemy and the world.

I did not speak in secret…I did not say “seek me” in vain. I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right. Isaiah 45:19
So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold fast to the hope set before us.  Heb 6:18
Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Heb 13:8
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5 thoughts on “67 Reminders When You Feel Like God Doesn’t Care

  1. I wish all ththis applied to me but no matter how many times I asked for salvation I continue to suffer alone.i have never been comforted by the Holy Spirit, I don’t know God obviously. I’m suffering with ocd, that attacks the area of salvation, unemployed for over a year, loved one with stage 4 cancer and unreliable drunk brother that sh3 can’t depend on, so I have to try to be there for her, I’ve sought God for guidance about where to work and live, no answer.rhis is not even a third of the suffering ive endured, I’m not sure if God is good, if he loves me at all. Iv3 suffered nonstop since trying to come to Christ for salvation, he doesn’t want me. Don’t know if I have enough faith, if I truly believe enoughetc.i pray, did a fast, read Bible and asked God to pl3as3 sp3ak and to show me what he wants me to know, I got nothing but silence. I’m not his child.

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you for honestly sharing your heart. I am so sorry to hear about all the suffering you have endured. That is so hard. I know what it’s like to suffer on so many levels and can relate to what you said.

      In times of deep distress and pain, it’s easy to doubt God’s love and goodness. I’ve been there many times. But I have learned that the presence of adversity does not mean the absence of God. When circumstances are debilitating it’s easy to think that God has abandoned us or that He doesn’t love us anymore. But nothing could be further from the truth. Suffering forces me to face my own doubts and fears. Do I really believe what God says is true? Or will I allow my circumstances to dictate my view of God? When I let my situation define my relationship with God, it sends me on a roller coaster of emotions because life is unpredictable and circumstances are constantly changing. But if I allow what God says to define how I view my life and circumstances, His Word becomes my constant anchor in every storm. Our relationship with God requires faith, which is a trust that leads us to action. Faith is a relationship word because it involves trusting God and His Word. Even if we have little faith, we can pray and ask God to help increase our faith (Mark 9:24). For more on faith check out this post.

      The Bible says that if you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10:9). Salvation is a free gift from God and not based on our own efforts or good deeds (Eph 2:8). You don’t have to keep asking Him for it; He gives it the first time we surrender to Him. When we confess our sin and believe in Jesus, God puts His spirit in us who will help and guide us in truth (John 16:13). Even if you feel like God is silent, you can take steps of faith in a direction and ask the Lord to direct your path (for more on this see my article on 3 ways to follow God when your path is unclear).

      So why do we still suffer as believers? I think this is hard for us to wrestle with this in our Western Culture. Our culture tells us that we should be happy – that happiness is always just within our reach. But this is just an empty promise that leaves many of us depressed and anxious because our experience of life is anything but happy all the time. We live in a world broken by sin that’s full of sickness and suffering. None of us are immune to it; tragedy comes to us all. Our relationship with God isn’t a cosmic equation where if we do all the right things we’ll be blessed and spared from pain. In the Bible, Job was righteous and good and yet suffered terrible tragedy. How can we reconcile that with an all loving God? I’ve learned over the past year that suffering is not the real enemy – sin is. God’s world became broken when humanity rebelled and brought sin into it. But Jesus came into this broken world to give us life, to restore our relationship with God, to make us whole, and defeat our ultimate enemy: sin. Jesus, who didn’t deserve it, suffered more than any of us because of his great love for us. When we put our faith in Jesus, he doesn’t take us out of the world but gives us the strength to endure it (John 17:6-23). God promises He will use even the terrible things we experience in the world for our good; He turns evil on its head and redeems it (Rom 8:28). Even more than that, one day, God will wipe every tear from our eye and those who believe will live eternal life with Him where there will be no more sickness, pain, sin or death (Rev 21:4). No matter what we face, Jesus promises to ALWAYS be right by our side. Even in times when we can’t feel His presence, He promises to never reject or abandon us (Heb 13:5).

      I hope some of this encourages you or helps you in some way! If you’re looking for more resources on this topic, check out my Living Hope series or 60 ways Jesus loves you. Also Paul Tripp just came out with a book on Suffering and Tim Keller wrote a phenomenal book called Walking with God through Pain & Suffering. I am praying for you and all you are going through!

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