What a difficult question to consider. Why has this happened to me? There are numerous possibilities but look with me Ecclesiastes 9:11 where we learn that sometimes things just happen – both good and bad, to both the deserving and the undeserving. Notice the phrase “…but time and chance happeneth to them all”. Consider the parable of the Samaritan [Luke ch 10] where we see that a man left half dead by thieves was found and rescued “by chance”. Some teach that everything that happens is the direct will of God but our Lord Jesus said that this man’s rescuer took that trip, by that route, at that time and subsequently rescued this poor victim merely ‘by chance’. Perhaps you are thinking, “well pastor, could it be that God is bringing about his will in my life and that events are the result of his will?” YES! Examples abound throughout the scriptures. Take, for example, the death of David’s son Absalom in [2nd Samuel Ch 18]. Absalom met with his untimely and violent end in a series of events orchestrated by God. Or take Judas, betrayer of Christ. Judas’ chose to be the kind of man he was, a rebellious betrayer and a convenient fool for Satan to use, but God used Judas to accomplish a betrayal that was foreordained. Perhaps God is bringing about his will in your life and if so, submit to it knowing that it will be wonderful, either here or in that glad city whose builder and maker is God. Then again, perhaps my suffering is nothing more than the briars I have sown in my garden in times past. Don’t we all know some, who planted weeds and thistles in years past and now those weeds are neck deep?  Don’t we all know a woman who has “plucked down her own house” [Proverbs 14:1] with her own malicious hands?  But what about those who have done no wrong, but this harsh life has trapped them in inescapable ignorance and poverty? What about the orphans, the fatherless, the widow and the poor, who by no fault of their own are sentenced to a prison of hardship; they to ask, “Why has this happened to me”? One reason regrettably is given in Genesis 3:17 “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;…” And Romans 5:12 where we are told that Adam brought upon us all “sin and death”.  Some sufferers must look no further than a mirror for their plight. However, some suffering is nothing more than this sin sick world where, as Solomon said, ‘time and chance’ happens to us all. But thank God in his mercy that as much hardship and suffering as we find, we also find his tender mercies renewed day by day and as Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3 thank God for his compassions and mercies and faithfulness which is new and fresh every morning. I don’t know what you’re enduring, but I do know that God knew all about it before you did, and he’ll face it with you if you but ask. One day, if you are ‘born again’, God will wipe away all the tears from your face [Rev 21:4]. Until then come and be a part of Calvary Baptist Church across from Pizza Hut on the Loop. 903-729-5924