‘And his disciples asked him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ John 9:2
This scripture came to mind this morning as my wife and I are faced with a possible eye surgery on our youngest. We earnestly seek God’s guidance on using the best doctor and on overall protection through that surgery. We love Jesus and we stand for the Cross every single day. But, this does not guarantee we will get a smooth procedure.
If we look at the man who is born blind and why God allowed this to happen we have to understand that sometimes God allows great difficulty in our life so that His greater glory will be advertised. Romans 8 says God will work all things for the good of those that love Him. This verse is easy to quote until ‘those’ become ‘you’.
Physical blindness is exchanged for spiritual sight and some of the greatest messages preached and books written have been done so out of debilitating pain, loss and unanswered prayers.
We pray for the cancer to go away. We pray for safe travels and for the car wreck that never happens, we pray for a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby. We pray for employment and we pray for a lack of hardship in business.
It has always been very difficult for me to understand how God uses things for my good when life can dish out extreme pain and grief. But, I am filtering through human wisdom and not divine wisdom.
The blind man was physically blind and God used physical things to give him sight. Be encouraged that he will do the same in your life if you respond to him. Only then will it become clear that another stands in the fire with you and all things are truly good.