Featured Artist: Rachel James
Have you ever wondered if a situation you were facing was punishment for a former sin?
When a relationship didn’t work out the way I’d hoped, I thought it was because I had disappointed God. When I didn’t do well on an exam, I wondered if my poor use of time upset God.
It was natural for me to consider that my present sufferings and struggles were because of my own foolish choices and former failures before God. Many times, they were – but not always.
In John 9, we come across a man who had been blind from birth. No decision by any human earned him this fate. Yet we read,
And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” | John 9:2
Most of us would consider this question extremely insensitive and politically incorrect. But how is it any different from thinking a former sin is to blame for our unemployment, poor health, marital distress, financial struggles, physical disabilities, unresolved desires…?
Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. | John 9:3
Yes, sometimes, we find ourselves in difficult situations because of our decisions. Sometimes, God is disciplining us.
But sometimes, the situations we face have nothing to do with us or what we’ve done. Sometimes, God allows difficult circumstances to enter our lives for our good, so that we can grow, so that we can learn, so that we can reach others & be better equipped for the future,
S O T H A T
the works of God
might be displayed in US!
Do you see what an incredible privilege and opportunity this is? We get to be the very vessels that reveal God’s glory to others!
The man in John 9 wasn’t born blind because of his sins, his parents sins, or anyone’s sins, for that matter. He was born blind for a purpose – a divine purpose. He was born blind for the very day he would encounter Jesus. He was born blind so that he would come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was born blind so that the miracle of having his sight restored by Jesus would culminate in the revealing of His heavenly glory.
So where does this leave us?
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. | John 9:4
When difficulties come our way, we shouldn’t waste our time wondering if God is punishing us. It really doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is our response. We can only be used of Him while we have breath in us; we can only reveal His glory to the world while we are alive. Regardless of the cause for our struggles, one thing always remains true:
It is purposed for our good & His glory.
So choose to be His vessel in this world. Choose to grow, choose to learn, choose to surrender to His equipping so that you can reach others for Him, so that you can reveal His glory to the world.