I love the story told in John 9 of the blind man and Jesus’ work in his life.
It would make a wonderful and funny play if acted out on stage.
It begins with this question, “Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, 'Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?'”
In the Jewish world of Jesus’ day a man born blind was someone’s fault and so the disciples asked, “Who sinned?”
We ask the same questions now as well, but in a different way. (I’ll get to that in a moment.)
Jesus replied to this question with an answer that had to surprise them when he said,
“Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.” (THE MESSAGE)
From before this man was born God planned that he be born blind for this very moment! The text tells us he was about 40 years old. For more than 40 years the commentary on his life was that his blindness was sin based. But now, with just a few words, Jesus changes everything about this man’s blindness. The commentary is no longer about man’s sin, but God’s plan.
This man was born blind so he would be here for this moment so that Jesus could heal him and show the world who he is.
Imagine the scope of that.
Would you take that assignment? If God asked you, “Would you let me make you blind from birth so my son could demonstrate his glory through you?” What would you say? It’s a noble and difficult task.
But it’s already happening in our lives. God is orchestrating all the trials, joys and challenges of our lives for the glory of God and for our ultimate good. All we go through is part of God’s plan for our lives….even the things we don’t like.
I know some would say that’s rather fatalistic, but in truth it’s a glorious joy to know that our lives are part of God’s plan. He’s working in our difficult days for his glory, to show us and world who he is.
This poor blind man suddenly heard these words, much to his surprise- “your blindness is not your fault, it’s part of my plan.”
Do you realize this story is about us as well? As we encounter the trials of life they are opportunities to see Jesus. As you read the story of this blind man, put yourself and your life in his place; and listen to the words of Jesus as if they were spoken to you.
It will change the way you see the difficult days ahead. God has a plan!