John 9:3

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What Jesus Said

"...This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
John 9:3
For the majority of people, the most difficult part of following Jesus is suffering. Suffering is hard, painful and often lonely. On top of that, suffering is confusing and difficult to understand. It leads us to ask questions such as, “Why me? Why would God allow that bad thing to happen to such a good person? How can God be good when he allows this to happen?"
These are natural questions that we often ask. Even the disciples had some questions of their own when they encountered a blind man. They asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus responds and challenges his disciples in this way by saying, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” Soon after this statement Jesus heals the blind man as his glory is on full display.
C.S. Lewis once alluded to pain being God’s megaphone for a deaf world. As much as I wish God didn’t have to use this instrument, pain oftentimes seems most effective to turn me from my glory to his glory. I’ve learned to see that oftentimes it’s my own tears of pain and suffering that end up producing rainbows, and it’s those rainbows that lead me back to seeing God’s faithfulness. I don’t know what you are going through, but we know One who does. He is worth surrendering your situation to, and when his glory appears, give him praise for he is faithful.

Whatever suffering you may be experiencing in your life today, surrender it to the Lord. Ask him to help you see his glory through it all.
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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