Some verses state that God will not help in time of need: I Samuel 8:18, Psalm 10:1, Psalm 22:1-2, Isaiah 1:15, Isaiah 45:15, Ezekiel 20:3, Habakkuk 1:2, and Hosea 5:6, for example. But other verses state that God will help in time of need: Psalm 22:24, Psalm 46:1, Psalm 145:18, and Nahum 1:7, for example.
In time of need, God responds in these ways:
Sometimes, God helps immediately and very visibly.
- We don’t feel God’s help, but He is there
Other times, we as Christians feel as though God is distant, but we need to keep His promise close: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). For instance, Job (Job 23:9) and David (Psalm 10:1) felt this way, but God was with them the whole time. If we are right with God, then we can stand firm in His promise that He is near and pray to Him more.
- No help
Sometimes, God does not help in time of need—for example, when the wicked are sorry because they are caught, not sorry for their sin. Additionally, there is coming a day when it will truly be too late; there will be no second chances. This is why we must seek God while He can be found.
There is no contradiction. God does not act the same way in every case.
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