Today’s Reading | John 9:1-12
Reason for Difficulty
Have you ever wondered why difficult things happen? Why do some people have illness and disease? While there can be a variety of specific reasons, all have one basic purpose – to provide an opportunity to have the works of God demonstrated. In today’s reading, Jesus illustrated this concept. The disciples, like many people today, thought that when tragedy occurred, it was because the “victim” had done something wrong. They believed difficult things were God’s way of punishing people for having committed a sin. When the disciples saw the blind man, they wanted to know whose sin was responsible for it. Surely it was a result of some sin. Jesus told them that sin had nothing to do with this man’s blindness. He was blind so that God could demonstrate the difference that Jesus Christ makes in a life. Problems provide opportunities to demonstrate God’s power. Often, difficult circumstances are allowed for positive reasons. What does God want to show the people in your world through your present circumstances? Underline verse three to remind you of the potential your problems bring.
What difficult circumstances are part of your life?
What positive reasons could God have for allowing them?
How should you respond to what He is doing in your life?
Based on this passage, what commitment will you make?