Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Adversity



“Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was in order that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”  
John 9:3 NASB

When the child was born, there was great anticipation and great joy, until it became obvious that the much wanted son was blind.  Blindness meant that he would never have a job, a family, or  a home of his own.  He would never support himself except by begging.  Someone had sinned, or so it seemed, and sightless eyes were the punishment.  Those eyes remained sightless for many years.  The family remained in darkness, for they simply did not understand.
Finally, Jesus arrived.  His disciples, too, thought that the man’s burden was caused by sin.  “Whose?” they asked.  Jesus explained that the blindness had nothing to do with sin, but was simply an opportunity for God’s works to be displayed.  It was a demonstration that was not yet complete.

The blind beggar was just trying to get enough money to make it another day.  He probably never saw his life in terms of the miraculous things to come.  His parents probably did not either.  No one saw anything miraculous in his position by the temple that blessed day.  No one but Jesus.  When Jesus looked at the beggar, He saw a miracle that had been in the making for years.  It came to fruition that day, and the beggar’s sight was restored.
Do you have adversity in your life?  Does it seem to be never-ending?  Sometimes adversity is prolonged so that God’s perfect will can be accomplished.  Try looking at your situation from His perspective. Maybe what you have is not adversity, but a miracle in the making.