In this series we are in the Old Testament Book of Haggai. You see, receiving opposition isn’t a sign that God’s against you. A lot of times, it’s a sign that you’re doing what God wants you to do. That’s why I always tell people, “I don’t really worry when people are opposing me. I worry when no one is,” right, because then I’m not doing much for the glory of God. The moment you start to move forward and do something and be obedient to what God called you to do, mark it down. There’s very likely spiritual opposition on the way. When you find yourself being obedient to God and it gets difficult and it gets challenging and it often does, I want to encourage you with this one simple thought. Oh, it’s hard. Oh, it’s challenging. Oh, it’s difficult. I know it’s right, but oh, this is so difficult. In part one of this series we see one simple thought, ‘With God’s help, choose the hard right over the easy wrong.”
“The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor!” These were the words a scared young man from the weakest tribe of Israel heard from God! The story of Gideon can be found in the Old Testament book of Judges. The biggest thing all have in common with Gideon is doubt. We doubt our abilities and we doubt we can be of much use to God. However, God sees us as he created us to be, not as we see ourselves. When we try to accomplish things totally in our own might, we will fail. However, when we see ourselves as God sees us, miracles can happen and lives can be changed.
Sometimes, God simply wants our trust. This week, as we conclude our series: “Why”, God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called! God wants to do amazing things through you! Don’t be afraid to answer the call!
Today, we’re going to deal with what is perhaps the most commonly asked question about God, maybe in the history of the world. Chances are pretty good either you’ve asked this, or you know someone who has. It often falls in one of these categories; people will want to know why do bad things happen to good people? Why does God allow that, or why doesn’t God seem fair? Most people I know are asking, “God, why did this bad thing happen to me?” Or, “Why is this thing going on in the life of someone that I love? Why are these bad things happening to me?” What I do want to do today is I want to point you to the one who can or one day will answer all of our questions, and it is my prayer that as we seek that one, that he would reveal to us the truth that God is absolutely and completely in control, and he is through and through good.
Today we are going to talk about one of the more commonly asked questions by those who pray or those who are Christians and that’s the question, “Why didn’t God answer my Prayer?” If you’ve prayed a lot, if you’re a person of faith, chances are at some point you asked God to do something that you knew God could, you thought He should, He didn’t. And if you’re like a lot of people, it rattled your faith and you’re wondering, “Why didn’t God do what I asked Him to do?” especially in light of some verses in the Bible like this one, John 14:13-14 says, Jesus said:
I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. You read a verse like that and you think, “Well, I asked in the name of Jesus and I know God could and He didn’t do it. And then I read about other stories in the Bible like Joshua who prayed that the sun would stand still and it did for a day. And Daniel in the Lions’ Den with hungry lions everywhere and he prayed and hungry lions went on a diet and you’re reading all of this going, “They prayed and things like that happened and I prayed and nothing happened!” This week we look to the scriptures to attempt to answer the question: “Why didn’t God answer my prayer?”