Summary: Answers to why things happen.
The best laid plans of mice and men oft time go awry and
leave us nothing but grief and pain for promised joy.
We have all experienced plans that have gone wrong and
the grief and pain that resulted from this.
A. Sometimes things went wrong and we really didn’t
even have any plan.
When this happens, we feel so vulnerable to the forces of
A. We wonder why we have to go through these
1. After all.....Doesn’t God still love us.....does
he not see what’s happening......doesn’t He
When bad things happen, we sometimes feel lost....
abandoned......adrift in a terribly cruel world.
A. Even when we do everything that we can to guard
against these terrible surprises.....bad things still
ILLUSTRATION: When Dodi and I lost our first baby
after only four days of being in this world, I was
devastated. Why, God!!!!!??????? I was in Bible college at
the time and had dedicated my life to His service. Why
even let us have a baby if you’re going to take it away
before we even have a chance to love and enjoy her? The
whole thing seemed so unfair and so cruel. I had to find
my answers in prayer and study of God’s word. I found
that when some things are better understood, it makes the
pain not quite so hard to bear.
I. The first issue that needs to be understood is
Psalm 46:10-11 - 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I
will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the
earth!11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is
our refuge. Selah
Psalm 83:18: - 18 That they may know thatYou,
whose name alone is the Lord, Are the Most
High over all the earth.
A. We humans.......no matter what time period we’re
discussing......always think that we know all that
there is to know.
1. When someone comes along and tells us that
the Earth travels around the sun and is round,
not flat.......this person is declared a heretic.
a. Why is he a heretic?.......because we
know that the earth is flat and it is the
center of the universe and everything
revolves around IT.
Job 40:6-14 - 6Then the Lord answered Job out
of the whirlwind, and said:7 “Now prepare
yourself like a man; I will question you, and
you shall answer Me:8 “Would you indeed
annul My judgment? Would you condemn
Me that you may be justified?9 Have you an
arm like God? Or can you thunder with a
voice like His?10 Then adorn yourself with
majesty and splendor, and array yourself with
glory and beauty.11 Disperse the rage of
your wrath; Look on everyone who is proud,
and humble him.12 Look on everyone who is
proud, and bring him low; Tread down the
wicked in their place.13 Hide them in the
dust together, Bind their faces in hidden
darkness.14 Then I will also confess to you
That your own right hand can save you.
B. Things come as an unwonted surprise, because we
have everything figured out and this thing that is
happening is not in those plans.
1. We have taken a page out of the fairy tales....
you know the one....”And they all lived
happily, ever after.”
a. When we became a Christian, we fell into
a false belief that nothing bad would
happen to us now.
1.) If we had been wise and thinking,
we would have taken a page out of
“Fox’s Book Of Martyrs”.
a.) Men and women of God were
allowed to be sacrificed on the
altar of persecution......didn’t
God love them?.....Didn’t God
care?........Couldn’t God see
and hear their cries to Him?
C. The truth that we have missed is this.....God’s
plans.....God’s timing......God’s purpose......may
not appear evident to us.
1. Don’t accuse God of not caring....not knowing
.........not seeing or hearing our plight.......
Simply understand that He is following HIS
PLAN........NOT YOUR PLAN!!!
a. God is in firm control of everything.
1.) Even though we may think that we
understand the situation and know
what the proper response should
be...........often we could not
possibly be any more wrong.
a.) Our solution may not be the
right one......we need to defer
to God’s plan.
Jer. 10:23 - 23 O Lord, I know the way of man is not
in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own
b.) Our timing may be all out of
whack.....we need to patiently
wait on God.
** When one tries to force his will, over God’s will........
This person will always lose.
1. Disasters will really occur and it will be due to
our stubborn will and reckless timing.
II. The next thing that needs to be understood and
remembered....CONSTANTLY.....is that the devil