John 9:1-3 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 work of God might be displayed in his life.
These verses begin the wonderful story of Jesus healing the man born blind. It is so fascinating because of all it reveals about the Pharisees and the difficulty they had grasping the obvious. They were confounded by the miracle, particularly because it was done on the Sabbath. But more than that is the reality that Jesus describes in these verses above.
Do we understand that this man was born blind because that was God’s plan? That God was going to use his blindness so that His work might be displayed in his life? Think about the difficulties that he and his parents had to deal with all through his life. They weren’t victims, they were experiencing God’s plan for them.
The Bible is filled with difficult situations and painful experiences that God brought into people’s lives in order for His plan for them to unfold. Does our understanding of God and His ways recognize that He does all manner of such things today? Specifically, that God will do such things in our lives? Sudden loss of a job, illness, accidents, birth defects, financial ruin, unexpected deaths of loved ones, good situations made difficult – the list is long.
We have a tendency to respond negatively to difficult things that occur in our lives – more likely to view them as a curse rather than as a blessing. So how are we going to respond? Will we recognize and embrace the fact that they present opportunities for us to experience God’s work in our lives? Regardless how we view them, we still have to deal with these difficult circumstances in our lives. But when we see God in the midst of them, there with us and for us, it changes us. Not only is there no problem too big or situation too difficult for us to walk through but He will transform the way we walk through them.
Faith in the Lord produces the heavenly wisdom spoken of by James in 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” Think of having the inner well-being described by this verse within us as we navigate the difficult adventures that God brings or allows in our lives!