I read this morning a most striking passage in John’s Gospel. In chapter 9, Jesus’ disciples pointed out a blind man and then asked a question, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned but this happened that the work of God may be displayed in his life.”
By looking at the question it is evident that Jesus wasn’t claiming that the man (or indeed his parents) had lived sinless lives. Rather, Jesus is stating that the man’s blindness was not attributable to any specific sin. Now, you are probably aware of or could even predict the outcome. Jesus approaches the man and restores his sight. Yet, we are left in no doubt that the man’s blindness was not some sort of divine oversight. Rather, God in his sovereignty had been determined to be glorified through his disability.
So, whatever you are going through, whatever difficult you face or whatever diagnosis you receive, recognise that God is not impotent to act. Rather, I am convinced that God is determined to use whatever he has allowed and maybe on occasions ordained, in order that ‘the work of God maybe displayed’ in our lives, in the same way as in the life of the man in the story.
Please do not then be discouraged that this is a bad thing, instead (because as eternity will reveal), celebrate it as a most glorious thing!
Keep on, Gareth