Jesus told us that we would have trouble in this world. “You will have suffering in this world!” (John 16:33 HCSB) Not maybe, but you will. Why?
In part, we have trouble in this world because of the presence of evil. Again, Jesus said, “I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling. They will ban you from the synagogues. In fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they haven’t known the Father or Me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes you may remember I told them to you. I didn’t tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you. (John 16:1-4)
I find comfort and confidence in knowing that He knows. In the Old Testament, the people of God were crying and groaning about their treatment in Egypt. The Bible says, “God saw the Israelites, and He took notice.” (Exodus 2:25) When God met Moses at the burning bush, He said, “I have observed the misery of My people in Egypt, and have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I know about their suffering.” (Exodus 3:7) If God knew then don’t you think that He knows today? He knows about your bank account, and your family, and your chart at your Doctor’s office. He knows. And, He is not in a panic. There is no panic button in Heaven.