“Why does God not listen to me when I have tough times?” This is a question I’ve read in several various forms quite frequently lately on social media. I personally have been through many tough times, and I would be lying if I said the same question had not crossed my mind many times before I came to the understanding I have today. God hears everything and sees everything. Actually, he knows what is going to happen long before we can think about it. You may ask, “So why does God not answer my prayers?” The country music artist Garth Brooks recorded a great song titled Unanswered Prayers that talks about thanking God for not answering them. Sometimes God’s best work is not seen right away. Sometimes the smoke needs to clear away after the fire before the repairs can begin.