E100 Devotion – Day 63July 7, 2012
Reading: John 9:1-41
Jesus introduced a whole new concept to His disciples when they asked if a man blind from birth was blind because of his sins or his parents. In other words – “Whose fault is it that this man is blind?”
The disciples see the situation as the judgment of God. Is that the first thing that comes to mind when something bad happens to someone you know? How about when something bad happens to you?
Jesus was teaching them to see through the eyes off opportunity instead of the eyes of judgment. There are other reasons why bad things come, and bad things can come upon good people! What good could possibly come from being born blind?
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”
Perhaps more good would come from bad situations if we changed how we see things, especially the negative things. Did you ever stop to think that God has a mission for every unjust, negative situation? Did you ever stop to think that you may be there to bring good out of it when you come across it?
It’s easier to make judgments, thinking people are guilty by association. Thinking that “bad things only happen to bad people” seems to make sense, but that’s not always the case! After the blind man was healed, the Pharisees saw good things (a blind man being healed) as being bad. To them it was wrong to heal on the Sabbath because they were not supposed to work on the Sabbath.
You know people are in trouble when everything good or bad is judged critically. The judgmental find fault as if there was a reward for finding it. There’s only a reward when good comes out of bad – because that was what you were looking for.
When problems come your way, ask God if this is an opportunity for the works of God to be revealed through the situation. Don’t be a judge; be a willing vessel for the works of God to flow through.
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