Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. John 9:3
Sometimes when we think of blindness it is very difficult for us who have never lost our sight before to comprehend it. I want you to imagine not being able to see the sunrise or being unable see those whom you love and the things you cherish most. This blind man, we are told from the passage was born blind. He never got the blessings that many of us take for granted.
Take a second to comprehend that. Weird huh? Worst of all, we must remember the condition of society at that time. Illness or disease was considered a punishment from God due to sin. Weigh this situation out for a second, not only was this man born blind but he was also considered a social outcast. He was an outcast to the point that he had to beg in order to provide for his daily necessities.
I imagine this man was was alone, tired, hungry, depressed and then one day Jesus passed by. His disciples asked Jesus who sinned that this man was given such a hardship. It’s a question that many of us today ask when tough times arise. God why did you let this person pass away? Why did you allow him/her to get sick? Why did you allow me to go through all these hard times?
Our Lord’s response is to his disciples is no one’s sin caused this man’s blindness but that the works of God should be revealed in him (v3). Works of God should be revealed in him? Is it possible that hardships and tough times reveal God in me? All of us have gone through difficult times, granted few of us are blind but all of us have faced hardships.
When we look back on our hardships, how many of us see the fingerprints of God all over our lives? How many of you have grown from those experiences? How many of us truly can say that the works of God have been revealed in my life because during those tough times I thought that life couldn’t get any worse? That’s the point! God often uses suffering and hardships to bring out His glory in us.
Sometime ago I heard a nice quote that said, “God’s goal is not my comfort, but my character.” This quote moved me because God uses suffering not only to mold me into the perfect image of His Son but, to show that my life is a living image of His ability to fix circumstances that seemed so bleak and unfixable. St Paul couldn’t have said it any better, For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18) During the rest of this Holy Lenten season let us thank God for using our lives for His glory even when times were tough.
“Since God is the highest Good He would not allow any evil to exist in His works unless, His omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil”. St Augustine