Why does God not intervene?

Why does God not intervene?
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I’ve been asked this question more than I can count. It’s usually one of two things—it’s either God’s fault or God doesn’t exist.
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Listening to Elder Holland during General Conference, the answer was given. I’m going to share a few quotes from his talk.
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“He is pure love, gloriously personified, and Merciful Father is His name.
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“Well, if this is the case,” you might say, “shouldn’t His love and mercy simply part our personal Red Seas and allow us to walk through our troubles on dry ground?”
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I think that’s a fair question. Why can’t we walk on dry ground and just skip over any hardship we are given? He is a God of all the above and can provide help at any time.
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“The point is that faith means trusting God in good times and bad, even if that includes some suffering until we see His arm revealed in our behalf.” Elder Holland makes some excellent points.
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Here are my thoughts: If you trust God during the good times in life, why can’t you trust Him during the hard times? It’s almost as if He doesn’t exist when the test begins. Individuals become spoiled brats who disregard Him when the times get tough—My advice: stop throwing a temper tantrum and secure your faith in God. You’re either in, or you’re out. You can’t love Him only when things are good for you.
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Here is why God doesn’t intervene on everything—like the answer or not.
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“One’s life … cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free.” It simply will not work “to glide naively through life,” saying as we sip another glass of lemonade, “Lord, give me all thy choicest virtues, but be certain not to give me grief, nor sorrow, nor pain, nor opposition.
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Please do not let anyone dislike me or betray me, and above all, do not ever let me feel forsaken by Thee or those I love. In fact, Lord, be careful to keep me from all the experiences that made Thee divine.
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And then, when the rough sledding by everyone else is over, please let me come and dwell with Thee, where I can boast about how similar our strengths and our characters are as I float along on my cloud of comfortable Christianity.
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Christianity is comforting, but it is often not comfortable.”
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He does love you. Hear Him!

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