One need not be discouraged in his or her relationship with God in the midst of daily stressors and persecution. One need not discard the precious gems of gospel truth in view of the moral turbulence that the world presents. It must be recognized that nothing transcends the power of God, and that He can use whatever seemingly disastrous occasions as instruments to accomplish a greater good. We must evaluate matters from the lens of eternity. The world is not the way it is supposed to be. It has been tainted by sin. It is not our home because we have been redeemed by the blood of Christ. Our true home is an everlasting abode above. So we should not seek worldly or sinful means of pleasure.
Christians have been called to exercise spiritual discernment. To act foolishly while claiming superficially that God will provide is not trust, but presumption. The gospel is not an invitation to prosper financially, but a call to experience fellowship with God. It is a call to love, know, and serve Him in this world. The gospel is a call to glorify God. We experience His goodness through being in communion with Him. He is not a means to an end, but a means in Himself. God designed us with the freedom of choice so that He could experience fellowship with mankind. That is the purpose and design of our free will. He did not create us because He needed to, but because He is love.
We should be leaning on the righteousness of God, and trusting in His divine plan to restore creation back to its original state of perfection. We should be striving for spiritual maturity through prayer, conquering fleshly lusts, and mediating on the principles of Scripture. God Himself is not simply a Giver of gifts, but is a gift Himself. He is the ultimate Gift. We must entrust our cares to Him. We must express gratitude for whatever blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon us. We must rejoice continually in the tender mercies He gives. God is our strength and our song. He is our comforter and all in all.