Biblical answers to tough questions


I wish I had the answers to life's tough questions!  But I do not.  All I can do is to follow the
approach of Billy Graham, the world-famous evangelist.  When faced with a tough question,
he answers with, "The Bible says ..."  Like Billy Graham, I also trust in the Bible, which I
believe is God's instruction manual for us.   If you have a question about of
any of these verses, please email me.

I'm not good at anything!  What is my purpose here?
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. — Romans 12:6

     The Lord will work out his plans for my life — for your faithful love, O Lord, endures
     forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me. — Psalm 138:8

     "For I know the plan I have for you," says the Lord.  "They are plans for good and not
     for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." — Jeremiah 29:11

     [See also the web pages for "Spiritual Gifts": Team Ministry, The Teal Trust,
     Discovery Tool]

I feel lonely and isolated.  I don't think anyone cares what happens to me, or
even knows my name.
Be strong and courageous ... for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never
    leave you nor forsake you. — Deuteronomy 31:6

    Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
     — 1 Peter 5:7

     I have called you by name; you are mine.  When you go through deep waters and
     great trouble, I will be with you.  When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will
     not drown!  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned
     up; the flames will not consume you.  For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One
     of Israel, your Savior. — Isaiah 43:1-3

I feel frustrated and trapped where I am.   I am worried about my future, but
I know I cannot change it now.
What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons.  They are
     not the same anymore, for the old life is gone.  A new life has begun!
     — 2 Corinthians 5:17

     The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.  Yet I still dare
     to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the Lord never ends!  Great is his
     faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. — Lamentations 3:19-24

I will never find the right person to be my spouse.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.  But I am trusting in you, O Lord saying,
     "You are my God!"   My future is in your hands. — Psalm 31:9-15

     The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.
     — Psalm 34:18

     The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the Lord.
     — Proverbs 18:22

Religion is a personal thing.  How can you be intolerant of my opinion of

     From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and
     all that God made.
They can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power
     and divine nature.  So they have
no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God ....
     claiming to be wise, they became utter fools
instead. — Romans 1:20-22

I don't have any money, and it makes my life so hard.  Will life ever get easier?
     No quick answer. 

My friends sometimes make me feel so useless.  Are they really even my friends?
     No quick answer.

Why does sex before marriage feel dirty?
     No quick answer.