John 9:1-7 (CEB)
Jesus heals a blind man
9 As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned so that he was born blind, this man or his parents?”
3 Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents. This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. 4 While it’s daytime, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 After he said this, he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and smeared the mud on the man’s eyes. 7 Jesus said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”(this word means sent). So the man went away and washed. When he returned, he could see.
Bad things happen, by why? Why do bad things happen? Is it because we were bad? Is it a generational karma thing, my parents were bad so I suffer? Did God cause this? We need someone to blame.
God loves us enough to send us the Son, Jesus. God is often referred to as Father. Would a loving Father wish bad stuff for you? Most of our suffering does not come from God.
My wife is a social worker, she sees daily how the bad decisions of parents affect children in so many negative ways. Drugs addiction and abuse cause so much harm. So the answer in part is yes, some of this bad stuff is handed on from generation to generation.
However, so many times bad stuff just happens. Car accidents happen between sober people too. What I love about today’s passage from John is verse three. I don’t think this man is blind because God wants him to suffer. The key to understanding this is look at what Jesus does. He comes to this man’s suffering, literally gets into the dirt and mud with this man, and heals him. Why? Jesus says so that God can be glorified. When God heals us or brings us through the bad things, it’s to God’s glory.
Some of you reading this are suffering. I pray that God is healing you and bringing your through it, because that’s how God rolls.
Some of you reading this have been through deep times of trial and God has already brought you through. The appropriate response is to give God the glory, share the good news of what God has done for you.
Prayer: Loving Father, be with us in our time of need. Praise and glory are yours even before the healing, help, and salvation come to us. Praise and glory are yours when they come. Praise and glory to you for years after they come. May the glory of your good works be made known through us.