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. (John 9: 1 -3)
Recently someone said to me that it had taken a while to accept the death of a loved one… that it had been an opportunity for God to glorify Himself in healing the person.
Before I put the conclusion my friend came to… please let me share some thoughts.
- One… only the wife and hospital doctors knew how ill this man was. To other people, he chose not to complain, nor even to admit just how much of a struggle it was for him to make it through the days.
So – no obvious evidence of a miracle would be apparent.
- Two… Both the man and his wife firmly believed that God is in charge of ALL things.
Romans 8:28 is still in the Bible. And it doesn’t say ‘all good things’ it says ‘all things”
- Third… the death of that man caused at least his wife to consider his life, his witness, and maybe other people too. It is to be hoped that those memories are good ones.
As we journey through this life, do we consider that ALL things that work together for good, also means the trials, the heartaches, and the disappointments?
What about when you pray and agonise over wanting someone as a wife (as Benjamin did in Hold the Faith) – can we accept that God has another plan in mind?
What about when your child dies? (I can speak from experience here.) Can we accept that God has a purpose in that, even if we don’t see it?
There are so many ‘losses’ that are devastating to the person suffering it/them. Sometimes it is overwhelming and hard to see light at the end of the tunnel.
That’s when trust needs to kick in. Do I trust God in this? Do I believe He will bring me through this safely?
The friend, after much meditation, concluded that the death of that person was a gift. Something the wife of the person who died, also had come to see. She had considered her husband’s ways, and saw he was a godly product.
So, why did God not answer the prayers of the many people who interceded for him?
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13: 8
There is logic then in believing the death of the man would ‘work together for good’ in the people who loved him. Just as the Bible quote at the start says. I see it as the same principle. I don’t know that it glorified God… but I do know that it was God’s purpose.
Thinking on these things