Dealing with a difficult question:

One that is ask many different times for many different reasons…

Sometime we ask a question to tempt:

Matthew 22:35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Sometimes we ask the question as gossip with no true answers:

Mark 1:27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.

Oft times we will answer a question… with a question

Mark 11:29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

Sometimes you ask a question; and get no answer

Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.

The question that perhaps has been ask more than perhaps any other question in history is the one I want to deal with.
It is the one that perhaps carries more weight in happiness and sadness that any other.

And simply in my ministry the one question I have had to deal with more than any other.
The question is: WHY?

Job asks 188 questions/ Chapter 3 ask the question of why 5 times … even asking why was I ever born.

Job 3:11 Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?
[12] Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

3:23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?

In sorrow Job was asking the question why… but there was no answer that could be given that could have brought comfort.


To help in trying to answer the question of why we are going to look at a few things tonight that might help when looking for the answer of:


1.  Who are you trusting in?

Pastor, friend, counselor, teacher …

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
[6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2.  What is your final authority?

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
[17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

3.  How are you reading the word of God?

Luke 10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
[26] He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

4.  When are you spending time with God?

Prayer is the most powerful resource we have…

And the least used.

1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

5.  Where do you go to church

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

I have never seen God bless consistently outside of a local church.


I often has folks ask Why… and really there is not true answer… God did not necessarily do or not do something… sometimes it’s just life.

But before you ask the question of why.. You might want to check to see if your heart is right with God… because THAT might be your answer.