DEVOTION – DAY 52

John 9:3 – “To reveal God’s glory”

 

John 9:3: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

 

In John 9, Jesus and his disciples came across a man who was born blind. This prompted Jesus’ disciples to ask Jesus if the man’s blindness was the result of his sin or perhaps it was the fault of his parents. Jesus replied that it was not the man or his parents’ fault or sin, it was in order that God’s glory may be seen in him.

What does this mean and how do we apply this teaching? We know a couple who were overjoyed when they had their first-born child, a boy. As the boy grew, they began to notice that his development was not like other normal boys his age. They took their son to see pediatricians and after tests, they discovered he had special needs. The couple cried out to God and asked, “Why me?” They prayed for healing for their son. But nothing happened. The boy’s mother gave up her career to focus on nurturing and caring for her son. The boy is now grown up and adjusting well in spite of his special needs. Looking back, the couple marveled at how God had sustained them all the time. They realized that God gave them the strength and patience to endure the difficulties. Glory goes to God.

Our normal reaction to problems and difficulties would be to pray to God to help us out of the problems and difficulties. We want instant relief. And if we are ill, we pray and want God to heal us. When God remains silent, we begin to doubt God. We even question God, “Why me?” We may even get depressed when our problems persist for a longer period. Isn’t that so? When we do that, we fail to see that perhaps, God is silent so that His glory may be seen as we face our problems and difficulties. Instead of praying to God to get us out of our troubles as soon as possible, we should be praying that His Will be done in our current circumstances and to ask for His gracious strengthening and for His glory to be revealed. We know someone who did just that. He suffered a major stroke that left him wheelchair bound. Instead of feeling sorry for himself and asking God, “Why me?”, he chose to trust that God will sustain him. So, he had lifts to go to church on Sundays and he learnt to be as independent as possible. When people ask him how he could be so positive, he would say that it is God who enabled him to stay positive – all glory goes to God.

 

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, may we never question your sovereignty over us. Help us to trust in you and grant us the grace to weather our storms with you by our side. In Jesus Christ’ great name we pray. Amen.

 

Questions

  1. If you are facing a problem or illness, how are you asking God to help you in this situation?
  2. How should you be responding to your current circumstances so that God gets the glory?
  3. How has God used your past challenges to carry you through them for His glory? Share.
  4. In the light of this devotion, how might you change your response when you next face a challenge?