Why Is This Happening To Me?

Have you ever asked, “Why is this happening to me?”

Paul could have asked that question after being beaten by an angry mob in Jerusalem, arrested by a Roman tribune and thrown in jail.

But the tribune hears about a plot to kill Paul, and gives him a full military escort and sends him on his way to Rome to stand before Caesar.  If Paul had come to Rome as a missionary, he never would have made it past Caesar’s front gate.  But God’s plan was to use the Romans themselves to deliver Paul to Caesar’s court.

“It is one of the mysteries of God and his plan that many times we cannot see why things are happening as they are.  Yet God is surely at work in ways we could not have planned for ourselves.” – Darrell Bock

Remember, God has plans higher and better than anything we could ever imagine.  If we keep trusting him someday we’ll see the wisdom of his providence.

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  • Haezeus

    I have a chronic anxiety disorder. While there are lots of passages in the Bible about not being afraid, the only one that has given me much comfort is Matthew 10:29-31:

    "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all number. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."

    It's not a promise that good things will always happen to you, but, rather, that God is paying consummate attention to you. Whatever happens, even if it is bad, happens within his purview, and He is watching you because you are supremely special to Him.

    • MarkAltrogge


      First of all, I can't imagine how much you suffer with your anxiety disorder. I'm so sad to hear of anyone who suffers in this way. My first year or two as a Christian I battled pretty bad anxiety (tho probably nothing compared to what you battle), and I know a number of others who have suffered from severe anxiety.

      What a great verse you quoted and I appreciate your comments on it – often when I pray for believers I appeal to our Father's supreme love for his children. Thanks for your comments.

    • bfpower

      Thank you for this word, Haezeus. I've had some difficulties with anxiety as well, sometimes testing or even alienating family, friends or coworkers in the process. But even in the midst of struggle, it's amazing to read what the Scripture says concerning the great worth God has ascribed to us. It's relief in the truest sense.

  • Elaine

    A few years ago, a dear friend was diagnosised with a life threatening disease. The question you've posed came up quite a bit but their then 14 year old son asked, "Why not our family?" He went on to point out that as Christians they had a hope that others didn't and even though it was frightening, they had the Lord to carry them through. Out of the mouth of babes.

    Thanks for the reminder, Mark; I appreciate the exhortation to trust the Lord's providence.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Wow Elaine,

      That's a really profound question for a 14 year old to ask and mature thoughts he shared. Lots of adult believers wouldn't have that kind of faith. Thanks for sharing this!

  • http://www.worshipffulreader.blogspot.com Ron Reffett

    Hey Mark,
    Once again, great post! I remember the day that my first wife was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35, the first question that ran through my mind was why us, why now? When she went to be with the Lord, I asked those same questions. Since that time I have learned much about the sovereignty of God. I don't know that I would have come to that knowledge had I not walked through the valleys that I have walked. I know now that no matter what I may face in my life that it all comes from the provident hand of my loving Father. Thanks for yet another great reminder of the Lord's faithfulnesss.
    Ron Reffett

    • MarkAltrogge

      Hey Ron,

      I have never gone through anything as painful as what you've gone through – I so respect you for your perseverance in trusting Jesus. Your faith is a great example for the rest of us.

  • Petra Hefner

    May this truth be so prevalent in our lives that nothing takes us by surprise. Someone once said that the opposite of fear is not courage because courage is not an emotion. The opposite of fear, he said, was love! Look again at Christ and the cross, or Paul and his many trials and see if that statement doesn't spring to life! Awesome post!

    • MarkAltrogge

      Thanks Petra,

      Great comments – if our focus is Christ and the cross, the supreme demonstration of God's love, we can face anything with God's grace, because we'll trust that our loving God will care for us.

  • MarkAltrogge

    Thanks Dave – well put. Will God shape our view of our circumstances or vice versa – good insight!

  • MarkAltrogge

    Hi Jeannie,

    Ro 8:28-29 are some of my favorite verses – thank you for mentioning them here. What a great truth that God uses all things to make us like Christ. That truth is such a bedrock for us to stand on.

  • bfpower

    Good post. Mark, I'm honestly scared about how I've been changing lately, and by what is going on in my life. Many people would call it success; I'm not always so sure. But I look forward to looking back on it 100 years from now, able then to see the tale of grace worked out.

    • MarkAltrogge

      Hey bf, I agree. When we're in heaven we'll get to see the wonderful providences of God that made up "the tale of grace." Thanks for your comments.

  • http://www.warriorsforchrist.blogspot.com Caroline

    I have asked that question many a times… but just to know that i worship a God who is faithful and true and He knows my frame. Even when trials come by they are to shape me and mold me so that I grow more into His likeness. I admit the process is never easy, but He does provide us the strength to go through it.

    One of my favorite verses are from James 1:2-4 "Count it all joy, my brothers, [2] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

    • MarkAltrogge

      Great verses, Caroline. And the first part of your comments is just full of solid doctrine. Thanks for adding these comments!