Daily Study from Lifeway’s “The Gospel Project”
Read John 9:1-7
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.”
Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question about the man who was blind wasn’t what they expected. They asked Him for a cause, but Jesus responded in terms of purpose—this man had been blind all of his life so that the works of God would be displayed in him. God used the healing of this blind man to reveal that Jesus is the light of the world, to confront the Pharisees in their blindness, and to bring the man born blind to salvation.
Christians aren’t promised freedom from suffering in the world, nor are we often given a reason for our suffering. But we do have the hope and assurance that for the believer, our suffering has purpose in the hands of a sovereign God. As Romans 8:28 reminds us, all things, good and terrible, are being worked together by a gracious Father for our good and for His glory.
In what ways have you seen God at work in your suffering, past and present?
Voices from Church History
“We should maintain and believe that since God is the fountain of all righteousness, God will neither do nor determine anything whatsoever in human affairs or in those of the rest of creation that is unbecoming to God or differs at all from the true righteousness of justice.” 4
–Cyril of Alexandria (c. 378-444)
Stay Thirsty for Righteousness My Friends…