Wednesday Word 7.19.2017
John 9:1-11New International Version (NIV)
9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 “After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. 8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”
In ancient days, people had little understanding of how misfortune or affliction came to be. Today we have a much better knowledge of how our bodies and the world around us work. No matter how bad the situation or serious the condition, God can still use the circumstance to work for some good. We may see things we never saw before. We may learn to see things from a totally new perspective. We may learn how God wants to use us as his instrument. Even if we ourselves are the problem, we can become a force for good in the hands of God. Even when we simply fall prey to the whims and quirks of the material world through no fault of our own.
Free will is an amazing gift. We have to admit that with it comes incredible responsibility. As human beings, we can never quite live up to that charge. We need Jesus for that. Yet, even at our worst God can bring a miracle from the wreckage. Even when we mess up royally. We must have Jesus for that.
The man blind from birth put himself completely in Jesus’ hands. We are all blind in one way or another. If only we would put ourselves in Jesus’ hands! What miracles might we see? What goodness could we come to know? What light would guide us?…something to pray about?
Your sister in Christ, Vicki