God Does That?

Please Read John 9:1-12

Jesus' disciples asked him was this man born blind because of his sins or his parents sins. Something this tragic couldn't happen to a good person they thought. He must be a sinner. But they didn't stop to think; how could this man being born blind be the result of his sins? Did he sin while he was in his mothers womb? Of course not Romans 9:11-13 shows. So why really was this man born blind? Jesus told his disciples he was born this way so that people would see the works of God in him, and this would bring glory to God. It had nothing to do with his or his parents sins. Did you hear what Jesus said? This man's suffering (for years) had a great purpose attached to it: to show others the glory of God? The man didn't know this. Neither did anyone else. How much do you think we don't know about our own sufferings?

Why is it so hard to believe that bad things happen even to decent people? Romans 8:28 says that in all things (good and bad) God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. He always makes their bad turn out good. Like the blind man who seemed to be in a no win situation many others have brought glory to God amid personal tragedies. This is how God chooses to work. Jesus once told the apostle Paul who begged him repeatedly to remove a thorn in his flesh, “My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.” Jesus did not grant Paul's request and immediately remove his affliction, but let it remain so that his power would be seen through Paul. And this brought much glory to God. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

God's ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts far above our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) If it were up to us we wouldn't experience any discomforts. But that's not how God chooses to work. Through our personal trials and tribulations God brings glory to Himself, just like he did with Paul, the blind man, and so many others. And the greatest example of this is Jesus Christ. Who knows how many will be saved for eternal life because Christ was willing to suffer for us? (Revelation 7:9) The next time we have it rough instead of saying, “Woe is me,” let's ask ourselves: “What good work is God doing through my sufferings?” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

Yes, God does that.

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