Daily Study from Lifeway’s “The Gospel Project”
Read John 9:29-34
29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.
31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.
32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.
33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
Things seemed to be going in the right direction for the man who had been born blind because he wasn’t blind anymore! After a lifetime of hearing people talk about sight but never experiencing it himself, he now could see what his parents looked like, the majestic rise of trees, and the synagogue he worshiped in. This was probably the best day of his life.
Then the religious leaders excommunicated him from the synagogue because he said Jesus had come from God. This man’s young faith brought rejection from his neighbors, his leaders, and perhaps even his parents. God doesn’t promise that following Jesus means life gets easier. Often it means it gets harder. Jesus is the light of the world who brought love, grace, and healing, and yet, He was crucified, and His followers should expect the same hatred and persecution Jesus experienced from the world (John 15:18-21). You may be rejected in this life because of your faith, but God’s promise is that there is joy and a future hope because Jesus was rejected for us.
What promises of God can you cling to when trials and suffering come?
Stay Thirsty for Righteousness My Friends…