John 9:1-3 As Jesus went along, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
Throughout scripture we see one example after another where Jesus declares that "sickness and disease is not unto death, but for the glory of God".
In John 11:4 we see where Jesus had received word that Lazarus had been sick unto death. Instead of immediately going to see about him, Jesus declares these words. "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
During this time in history, people identified sickness, diseases and even death with sin, but Jesus makes it clear that this is not the case with this man.
Here in this text, Jesus makes the same declaration to another situation that was not unto death, but one that dealt with physical blindness.
As Jesus and His disciples pass along the roadside, they saw a man that had been blind from birth. The disciples inquired of Jesus as to the cause of this man's condition. Was it because of the man's sin or his parents? Jesus replied "neither". This happened so that God's glory may be revealed.
In other words, this man blindness was not punishment for any sin, but an opportunity for the power of God's glory to be manifested in and through him.
The disciples saw a problem, Jesus saw an opportunity for God to work a miracle and have His glory manifested for all unbelievers to see.
God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. We were created by God for God's purpose.
On the road to our purpose, in the battlefield called life, we will encounter all types of circumstances and situations. We are liable to get bruised, battered, scarred, persecuted, wounded,hurt, sick, diseased, etc. But, these conditions does not necessarily means that we have sinned nor that they have come to end our lives.
Like that blind man on the road, we were born blind too, prior to our encounter with Jesus. Not physically, but spiritually. There was not too much difference in this man than you and I. We had physical sight, but was still blind.
Without the miracle of Salvation, others may have still been inquiring today as to why we have sight and are still blind. BUT GOD!
Our spiritual blindness was allowed for a purpose far greater than what we could ever imagine. God had a purpose for it. He allowed it to be so that not only would His purpose for our lives be revealed, but also that He may receive the glory out of our lives.
When people from our past encounters us and see the transformation that has taken place in our lives, they will have no doubt that it was the hand of God.
Yes, you and I went through what we went through so that the glory of God can be revealed in us. God's glory does not come without a cost. No Cross, no Crown!
I know you do not want to hear this, but we must go through the fiery furnaces, lion dens, red seas, valleys, trenches and ditches in life to see the glory of God manifested in our lives. It is in the pressing that the oil flows.
We may never understand suffering in this life, but one sure thing about suffering, it manifests God's glory when the process is over.
Joseph had been betrayed his brothers, David was haunted by Saul, Daniel was thrown in the lion's den, 3 hebrew boys were thrown in the fiery furnace, the Apostle Paul lost his health, Jesus was beaten and crucified, Stephen was stoned, many of Jesus' disciples were martyed. I am sure you too have had your share of life's trials and test.
All of these hardships, agony and pain brought glory to God.
One point I want to leave you with today and that is: the man who was blind was given sight after which he began to worship Jesus and testify of Him. Having been given spiritual sight, we too should daily worship and testify of the goodness of God.
As the people of God who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by faith, I pray that we do not see suffering in our lives as punishment for sin, but that we see them for what they really are: an opportunity for God to reveal His glory, His love, His compassion and His unconditional mercy towards us.
Whatever you may be suffering right now, know without a doubt that it is for God's glory. You will survive because God is with you. When the test is over, His glory will be revealed in and through you.
Yes, what you are enduing right now is for God's glory.
Are you spiritually blind? Allow Jesus to open your blinded eyes. You will receive your sight and God will receive the glory!
God bless and I love you all.
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