John 9:1-3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Jesus heals the blind man in today’s passage on the Sabbath day, a fact that the religious leaders could not handle. To them it was a sin to do such a thing on the day of rest. They totally missed the importance of the miracle that Jesus did. The religious leaders cared more about keeping their strict laws, than they cared for the people they were leading. Even Jesus’ disciples wanted to know who’s fault it was that the man was born blind. Jesus gave an unexpected answer, neither his parents or that man sinned, the reason he was born blind was so the works of God could be shown through him. Then Jesus healed him.
Today, many people miss the importance of the pain and afflictions that we go through in this life. Some will look at our troubles as the results of bad decisions on our part, others may not understand the depth or seriousness of our problems. Some will stand in judgment of us as we try to navigate hard circumstances in our life.
The Lord, however, wants to use our trials and problems as a means to show the works of God in our life! Friend, our circumstances may be overwhelming, even debilitating, but the Lord will use those situations to reveal His great power in our lives if we let Him. It is interesting to note that the people that knew the blind man in the account of the Scriptures, were a bit confused. Some of them recognized him, while others weren’t quite sure it was him. It wasn’t until the blind man told them, “I am he” that they could grasp the great miracle that had been done. Maybe it was because he had been changed so much, not only the fact that he could see, but possibly his countenance was so changed that he looked like a different person.
When the Lord shows His works in our times of heartache and grief, we are changed. Our countenance is different, the people closest to us see a change in our lives. the works of God become evident not only to us, but those around us. Don’t give up in the midst of your problems, the man that Jesus healed was blind from his birth. We need to deal with our afflictions in faith, knowing God will eventually show His works in us. We may not see a physical healing, but God will reveal Himself to us and those around us.
Look for God to change our countenance today!!