The Answer to “Why Is This Happening?” - Finds.Life.Church

By Chuck Porter

“Why is this happening?” is a question asked in a lot of situations. Most times, we don’t have a clue how to answer. You might’ve just gotten some bad news at work, or maybe something’s going on in your family that doesn’t make sense. (Or maybe you saw a trailer for a movie involving sharks and tornados—part 3. Just, why?) Sometimes, no matter how we slice it, we’re left with that question: “Why is this happening?”

When we ask, “Why is this happening?” it’s okay not to know the answer. God knows the plans He has for us, and His ways are higher than our ways. But that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from some of our situations.

Sometimes, problems aren’t our fault. The best thing to do then is respond with prayer, grace, and resolve. But many problems can be avoided with a little preparation and foresight. In fact, sometimes those problems open up possibilities we never could have imagined in the first place.


We should develop a habit of asking “why” even when things are going well. Of course it’s important to know why things are happening when the wheels are falling off. It’s just as important to understand why things are happening the way they are when things are going well. Pastor Andy Stanley says this: “If you don’t know why it’s working when it is, you won’t know how to fix it when it’s not.”

In Pastor Craig’s latest leadership podcast episode, he’ll explain how you can ask a few questions to anticipate problems and solve them before they begin.