“Why is God Allowing this to Happen to Me?”

As people walk away from homes that are in foreclosure, or are dismissed from jobs that they have enjoyed for years, some may be asking the question, “Why is God allowing this to happen to me?”foreclosure

Some people are at a loss on how they will pay the bills, or put food on the table for their family.Make no mistake about it, when you have no means by which to meet your responsibilities it can add a tremendous amount of stress to your life.

9 years ago, to no fault of my own, I lost a good job that provided well for my family.I was informed about the layoff on Friday and on Sunday my wife informed me that we would be having our 3rd child in a few short months.

As a Christian I took this in stride, knowing that God would provide for us just as He always had.I would find another job and life would continue just as it always had.

3 months later, we were broke and I was still out of a job.I discovered later that when employers found out that I was on layoff and would be returning to my old job at a better salary that they had no interest in me…except for one company.

hog-processingThe local Hog Processing Plant would take nearly anyone who was willing to work.Reluctantly I took the job and began working on the “kill floor” on the maintenance crew.When I first started I wondered how I would ever get past the smell of death in the air, but soon found out that the smell was the least of my worries.

My first day on the job a “jaw pulling machine” got jammed with a hog jaw and it took 3 of us pulling on a pry bar for 10 minutes to unlock the machine.No sooner that we were done with that we had another call to a conveyor belt.

We literally had to run to the conveyor belt (sliding on “who-knows-what” on the floor), where we found that the belt was stuck because hog guts were jamming the line.Since it was my first day on the job I got the honor of crawling on my stomach under the belt where I pulled the innards out of the machine.Luckily it worked.

On breaks I changed bloody saw blades.When machines broke down I did whatever it took to get those machines up and running again.I learned to become a master plunger when blood and guts clogged the pipes.And I did it all for less then half of my former salary.cut-money-in-half

At home bill collectors were calling because we simply couldn’t pay our minimum payments.We struggled by, paid what we could and lived on next to nothing.Thankfully the Lord provided for us through the kindness of others.Around Christmas we received an anonymous envelope in the mail with money, a gift from a brother at our local church no doubt.Family members occasionally would provide groceries.This was very humbling and appreciated all at the same time.

 

Eventually God opened other doors and this time period in my life was over.When we were going through that time, it seemed as if it would never end.It was a painfully tough, pride swallowing time for me and my wife.However I thank God for that time in our life.

It was when we were struggling to make ends meet that we learned some very important lessons about life.We learned the value of a dollar.We learned about the pitfalls of debt.We learned that God does provide exactly what we need exactly when we need it, even if we don’t want it.

I also learned that God is sovereign.It didn’t matter what I wanted, it didn’t matter what I did.God’s will be done.It was His will for me to work at the Hog Processing Plant, and I had to  just bow to the will of the  King.

That brings me back to the question that we started with.“Why is God allowing this to happen to me?”Perhaps we are not asking the right question.

Perhaps the question should be something like this.“Why has God given me, a rotten sinner, anything?”The only thing that we sinners deserve is death, Hell, and destruction.

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I am convinced that if I had not lost my job 9 years ago and went to work at the Hog Plant that I would be making the same foolish mistakes today that I made then.I would be spiritually stagnant and my relationship with Christ and my family would be infantile.

Why is God allowing this to happen to you?Who are we to question God?Consider what God says to Job in this passage from Job 38 1-4.

“Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.Where was thou when I laid the foundations of the earth?declare, if thou hast understanding”

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4 Responses to “Why is God Allowing this to Happen to Me?”

  1. cpr2008 says:

    I lost my six figure job four months ago. Only two years ago I uprooted my family, moved two thousand miles to take a new and promising position, bought a three hundred thousand dollar home, and incurred other debts as a result. Why did this happen to me? I believe God has a plan for me. Maybe He wants me in another line of work. Maybe He is opening another door. Maybe He is allowing my faith to be tested as Job’s was. I do not know. What I do know is that I am a mere mortal with finite knowledge and wisdom. I also know with all that is within me that He is so awesome and loving that what is happening to me is ultimately for the best.

    Glory be to God!

  2. Great post! Recently I have experienced something similar, I was laid off from a company that I had worked for for 13 years. I was in a great position and doing quite well, but something was not right and God made some painful adjustments. In my past I was not always the most disciplined with my money ( not a good steward). I would do well and then expand my lifestyle with little regard for the future. I was also somewhat selfish in my attitude toward giving. Long story short, it all ended in Jan this year. I was out of a job and on unemployment. Facing all of the problems that come with the territory, I stopped and sought God for His direction. He pointed out my error and I repented. I then made this simple request: “God please bring me a job that meets all of my needs and all of the needs you want me to meet”.
    God is always faithful and within a few weeks of that prayer I was hired into a position that is the best I have ever had. The point is, you must be humble before God and do His will. Your story is one that I hope many will read and learn from. Thank you for sharing it.
    God Bless, Glenn Smith Jr

  3. BDO says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Great analysis. Maybe we are not asking the right question. Like instead of asking politicians why they can not balance their budget, we should be asking ourselves (corporately) why we can’t balance our budgets. I think once Christians start learning the lessons you have about budgeting and debt, we will become a stronger nation of believers and laborers for Him.

  4. God will teach us the lesson He wants us to learn in many ways. We can learn the easy way, or the hard way, and typically it is the hard way. Patience is a valuable lesson that many times we must learn over and over again. God is good, and will always give us exactly what we need at that point in time.
    God bless,

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