Updated: Aug 13, 2018
The Question: "If you have faith in God and does what He says and the outcome is bad, what would make you want to keep having faith in Him?"
Our Answer: There are many who claim they have asked God to do something for them, and in the end, experienced some kind of letdown. Naturally, they wonder "why???" If left unanswered, they typically go on to conclude either, "maybe He isn't listening to me;"or more extreme, "maybe God doesn't exist."
BUT....the truth is, God IS real, and he DOES listen. So why doesn't He appear to answer when we need Him to? Consider these 3 perspectives in your quest to understand God:
1. The Everyday Example of Parents - Sometimes, parents don't do what we expect them to. They tell us no, they change their minds; and on and on. Yet, they still provide our needs and wants. Of course, parents, unlike God are imperfect, but in the position they hold in our lives, they REFLECT God, and you as their child, REFLECT the child of God. In this sense, God is your Heavenly parent, and will meet your needs and wants accordingly. So there will be times when you ask, and receive a "No." The difference between God and your earthly parent is, God really does know what's best for you and what it takes to prepare you for the next level in your level. That is why this scripture is written; Ephesians 6:2..."Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right."
2. A Spiritual Reality - Satan has determined to stop you; John 10:10.."The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy." So there will be moments where he fights to change your outcome. Sometimes God allows challenge, because He always has a greater purpose. That is why this is written, "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us" Romans 8:37, because sometimes you must, in fact, conquer.
3. A Fundamental Truth - Faith is only sincere in the presence of CHOICE. In other words, it's when you have the choice "not to believe" that makes "believing" credible. That's what makes bad outcomes so important, because they are really tools to prove what we really believe. (now doesn't this put the attacks of satan in a better perspective; he's just a tool). Your faith in God shows when you put it in Him even when your circumstance tells you not to. "Now faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things "NOT SEEN." Hebrews 11:1.
God's Answer: John 16:33..."Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
Much Luv in Christ