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Christian Devotional - Miracles of Jesus: Blind Man

Why do some things happen to me?

If you’ve ever asked that question then you understand where the disciples were coming from when they asked Jesus a very similar question in John 9. This is the location of the next miracle that Jesus performs that is recorded in the book of John. Jesus is walking along with his disciples and they pass by a man who was born blind. The disciples ask Jesus a question based on the common cultural idea of the day. “Why is this man blind? Did he sin or his parents sin?”

The disciples assumed that the problems that this man was facing were the result of sin. Jesus then makes a statement in verse 3, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

There is a purpose in everything that occurs in our life. That blind man may have spent his whole life wondering what he had done to deserve that for his life. Yet in that one moment Jesus completely altered his perception. His condition was not the result of sin, but simply because God wanted to use him to display his glory.

Jesus then healed the man and fulfilled the purpose for which God allowed him to be blind. God was glorified and the man was able to see for the first time in his life.

Now, make no mistake, we are also allowed to experience the consequences of our sin. So recognize that some of our circumstances are truly a result of sin. However, often God allows situations in our lives simply so that He can use them to display His amazing glory and power. Timing is everything though and it’s important to remember that this man had been blind for years before God chose to miraculously intervene in His life. But make no mistake, God can intervene and God can use situations to display His glory.

When we go through situations and circumstances that we don’t understand, we can have faith in God that He will be able to work and move in those situations in order to display His glory through our lives.
Kristi Burchfiel, Christian devotional author and speaker
Living in the World – Living out the Word
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