1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. (John 9:1-3 NIV)
We like to think that we live in a day unlike any day that has gone before us. If only life were like it was back in the day! Things have certainly changed in many ways from the days of Jesus. We have airplanes, cars, and highways to get us where we are going…and fast. We have air conditioning and heating to keep us comfortable. We have lots of gadgets and gizmos to occupy our time and distract us from what is most important in life. I could go on and on listing the changes that have taken place in the last 2000 years. All of the changes that I would list would be the changes that have taken place around us because absolutely nothing has changed within us.
People are people. Have always been. Will always be. We struggle with why do we do the things we do? Why do we fail to do the things we know we should? And, when trouble comes our way, we respond in the same way that people have always responded. We get mad at God and turn our backs. We curl up in the fetal position and wallow in hopelessness. We ask, “Why would God do this to me?” We wonder, “What did I do to cause God to do this to me?” We conclude, “If God really loved me He wouldn’t allow these things to keep happening to me?” This is the way that most people respond to trouble and adversity.
In the Scripture I read this morning I see that Jesus offers me, and you, another option. Instead of focusing on me I can look to God. Jesus said that the man born blind was nobodies fault, was caused by no one’s sin, but it happened for one reason: “…so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” I’ve responded to adversity in my life in all of the ways mentioned, but it has never done me a lick of good. I’m going to try to look to God, to trust that He will use my adversity to display His work in my life. Want to join me and give it a try?
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will fix my eyes on You when the storms of life come blowing my direction. My natural tendency is to focus on myself, but I want to begin today to see Your hand at work.