Consider what Paul said in Philippians 4:6-9. Pay particular attention to verse 9; “The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” It can’t be much more clear than that; practice X and Y will happen. Does this mean that it always FEELS like the God of peace is with us? No. Just as we don’t always feel happy, and just as sad things should make us sad. Again, emotions are good and part of God’s design, despair is not. But emotions have their limits; they simply indicate how we feel. They will never indicate if God is with us or not. Many people feel very happy believing false gospels, many people feel sad even though they know and love the truth. How one feels is not the final arbiter of what is and is not true.
It’s also important to remember that the world is full of suffering. For a people who are in the world (but not of it), we will suffer. But we should do so with courage and conviction because our King has overcome this world (John 16:33). We must always keep it fresh in our minds that we are but aliens and strangers here (1 Peter 2:11); this is not our home.
While we’re here we’ll be battered, bruised, and beleaguered; but one day we’ll go home to our Lord’s home where He has prepared a room for us (John 14:2). One day He will return to set right this broken world once and for all.
It’s easy in our suffering to look for quick answers that will take away the pain. Yet we must remember that it is not the priority of the Scriptures to give us a quick and easy answer. Rather, it is the priority of Scripture to give us the truth. We may hate everything that is happening to us when we suffer, and may be tempted to do anything or believe anything to be rid of our suffering. It is in those times that we must be steadfast to love the truth more than we hate our circumstances.