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.
Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."
Sickness, even from birth unto death, to be for the glorification of God?!
Is this a concept that we can actually believe in?!
For all of us sickness is something bad, right? Something you don’t want to have. Something to be avoided as much as possible.
And then when we have it, to get rid of as fast as possible, because it limits us, drags us down, stops us from doing what we want to do. Especially if it’s a sickness that limits us for a long time, maybe it’s something the Lord has allowed in our lives from birth. Or maybe it’s one of those sicknesses that very often bring death…
And right here in these two passages, Jesus himself brings a different view point into suffering through sickness. It’s God’s view. God doesn’t necessarily see our sickness as a limitation, but maybe as a chance for his glory to be revealed! An Opportunity for Him to come in and show his greatness!
Do we allow Him to do so?
Would we even see a sickness as an opportunity for Him to reveal his glory?
Would we even come to the point to embrace our weaknesses maybe through a sickness to death because God could glorify himself through it?
Why would God allow so much pain in a families life, that their son would be born blind, and stay blind for at least 30 years, (9:23 “at age” > 30 years) only to reveal God works on him?
Or would God allow death in a family to glorify himself?
Yes, to both scenarios!
Yes God would allow sickness and suffering to glorify Himself!
And Yes, God will also do that in our lives!
Would I be fine with that?
Would I want that?
Will I allow God to use my life, or even my health to glorify himself if He thinks it’s the right thing to do?
This sounds really challenging, but it comes down to the point of submission. Absolute submission to the God of the universe!
Is your life His?
Do you trust Him with your life, or even the life of your loved ones?
Do it and you will see the great and glorious things of God revealed in your life!
Deutsch: Gedanken... von Chriss
Und Jesus ging vorüber und sah einen Menschen, der blind geboren war. Und seine Jünger fragten ihn und sprachen: "Meister, wer hat gesündigt, dieser oder seine Eltern, dass er blind geboren ist?" Jesus antwortete: "Es hat weder dieser gesündigt noch seine Eltern, sondern es sollen die Werke Gottes offenbar werden an ihm."