This morning I was reading the same story I have heard and read so many times about the blind man that is healed by Jesus in John 9. There was something that really stood out to me this time around. In verses 1-2 an interesting conversation takes place between Jesus and the disciples. Check this out…
1 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?”
I couldn’t help but think how often I am like the disciples in this conversation. How often do I hear of something happening in someone else’s life and jump to conclusions? How often do I assume that something must have caused this or reach into my own thoughts for reasons why these things happened. Then I read Jesus response.
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
Wow. Here is this poor man that is blind and the disciples assume it’s his parents fault. Must be because of something they did….some big sin. Then Jesus sets the record straight. Not only was it not what they thought, but it was all done for a purpose much greater than their understanding or conclusions. He was about to do something glorious in this mans life. Then He did.
I was challenged to not be so quick to jump to conclusions. God might just be up to something.