By Marilynn Chadwick
“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” —John 9:1-3 NIV
Miracles can happen when we take God at his Word. If I'm alert and watchful, I notice the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of his work all around me.
The miracle story in John’s Gospel of the man born blind falls in the not-so-subtle category. “Who sinned,” the disciples asked Jesus, “this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
I understand their question. When we suffer – and answers to our prayers are slow in coming – it’s tempting to feel as if our pain is a payback for some unknown sin.
Maybe you’re facing a difficult and stubborn trial today. You’ve agonized in prayer, but for whatever reason the answer just hasn’t come.
Jesus assured his followers that it wasn’t the man or his parents’ sin that caused the blindness. Rather, it happened “so that the works of God might be displayed” in his life. Did you catch that? The suffering wasn’t for character-building. It was so that God’s work would be displayed, a word which comes from a Greek word that means “to shine.”
You mean my trial can give God a chance to shine? That puts a whole new twist on my afflictions.
We’re told that Jesus healed the young man – an astounding miracle that resulted in his salvation and a demonstration of God’s mighty power to the incredulous onlookers.
I’m encouraged to look at my trials with a new resolve. Determined to grasp glory for God as I watch his hand at work. I choose to believe… to take him at his Word. And to wait for my answers with joy. My prayer is that in each difficult situation, his work may be displayed. I want God to shine so that others will believe, too.
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