Suffering: Sin or Opportunity?

While passing a blind man at the side of the road, Jesus’ disciples questionned him saying:

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2)

A fair question, maybe, but Jesus replied saying:

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned… but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

That’s pretty amazing isn’t it? Some doctrines might have claimed that this man’s blindness was punishment for a previous sin, but Jesus didn’t. He only saw opportunity for God’s tremendous power and grace to be displayed in the man’s life for all to see, which he then carried out:

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Do you feel like you’re suffering? Unsure as to why God’s plan for you might include pain or discomfort? Remember, He knows the beginning from the end and has the ability to exibit His might and mercy in your life.