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Grace is not the license to do as we please but the power to do as we should. The struggle with sin is real, but we have security in Christ. If you didn't work your way into God's favor, you can't work your way out of it.
When people ask, "How can God allow suffering?" we can ask in return, "How can God give grace?" Try approaching this very difficult question from the other end: it's not "why do bad things happen?" but "God, I can't believe you allow so many good things to happen!"
God is saying to us, "I need you to trust me more than you distrust them. Even though authorities are fallen, broken, and they have their own agenda, do you trust me more? Are you rejecting the way of the world, being renewed in your mind, presenting yourself a living sacrifice, knowing my will, ...