If we could answer this question you would all be a multi-millionaires. There is no easy answer to this dilemma, but what we do know is that ALL people encounter trouble. Rich, poor, black, white, male, female, young and old - every person encounters trouble at some point. For me, the question is how we respond to these troubles - that is the harder part to fathom.
Matthew Henry has a lovely take on this and he writes:
"Troubles are sent to teach us to pray; and are continued, to teach us to continue in prayer. Though God accepts the prayer of faith, yet he does not always give what is asked for: as he sometimes grants in wrath, so he sometimes denies in love."
What do you make of those words?
I have found great encouragement from the last words of his quote - "sometimes God denies things in LOVE."
Just because God says NO to something does not make God nasty and mean.
Living in Grace