“Now, as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”
If you study the above scripture, you will notice that a certain man was born blind, and his condition troubled the disciples that they asked if it was his sin or his parents’ that caused him to be blind from birth. However, Jesus’ response to them showed us that there’s more to our lives than we think. There’s more to whatever challenges we’re going through than the sufferings we’re facing.
Jesus made them understand that it wasn’t anyone’s sin that caused the man to be born blind, ‘but that the works of God should be revealed in him’. So, let’s bring it home. Do you also know that God is aware of your challenges? Truthfully, the devil might have done his worse by putting you in that situation, but God’s ultimate plan to take you out of it still stands. And when God is prepared to set you free and destroy the enemy’s agenda, He does it to manifest His glory. So that those who see it will surely know that you serve and have a living God backing you.
Let’s take a look at the story of Lazarus. When Jesus was sent for his because of his sick friend, He could have gone immediately to heal him. But He tarried because He wanted the people to witness another dimension of God. “When He heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4.
When Jesus wept at the place where Lazarus was buried, some Jews said, ‘oh, see how he loved him’, while others judged Him for not stopping Lazarus from dying earlier. Sometimes, people mock you for believing in God in that terrible situation. Just like Job’s wife and friends did. Some will say you’re going through that phase because of your past sins, which have incurred God’s wrath.
But I am reassuring you today that God is aware of that situation. God will aid you if you’ve been faithful to Him and not dipped your hands into atrocities. Even if you have sinned, once you acknowledge your faults and ask for forgiveness, God can still show you mercy.
Also, one of the things that can stop you from receiving from God is doubt. Just make sure that your faith is unwavering. When Jesus wanted to raise Lazarus, his sisters showed disbelief. “Take away the stone, “He said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time, there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:39-40.
No matter what you’re going through, if you have a pure heart, clean hands, and faith locked in Christ Jesus, everything will work together for your good. It may not seem so now but know that God is at work on your behalf.
Your trials and challenges are for the glory of God. Don’t give up. Don’t curse God. He is at work for your sake. Just have faith and exhibit patience.
Father Lord, I have heard your word today; please plant it in the hood soil of my heart. Please, forgive me for blaming you for my challenges. I now know better. Please, help me to exhibit more faith and patience. Let your glory manifest in all my life experiences so that others may glorify your Holy name and come to the knowledge of your love for them too. For in Jesus’ name, I have prayed. Amen.
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