Why did THIS happen to me?
I don’t think there is a person who has ever lived that hasn’t uttered that question. The problem is that it is a question that always leaves us wanting more.
I am certain that I cannot exhaust the far reaches of that desire for more, but I can offer something very important. I can offer God’s primary purpose in whatever might happen to you.
I’ve always loved Jesus’s words when he encounters the blind man in John 9. You can read the full text here.
The disciples want to know why did this happen to this man? Why was he blind? Was it punishment for this mans sins or the sins of his parents? Jesus gives a remarkable answer.
This didn’t happen because of anyone’s sin. Jesus says “this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
There was purpose behind this man’s blindness. A great purpose, but he had to suffer through a really difficult life for really long time before that purpose came to fruition. There was a day and a time set aside when the Son of God would cross paths with this discarded man and Jesus would heal him.
He would heal him for the glory of God. He would heal him so people might know that God was on the move. He would heal him so that people might believe that Jesus was Messiah…the one who could not just heal the body but the great divide between God and man.
There is purpose behind whatever has happened to you, too.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that God has brought it about, but now that it is present, He wants to do something with it. In fact, God may have a number of things that he desires to accomplish through some hard thing that has come into your life, but one thing is always true.
Why did this happen to me?
This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in your life.
God would be glorified…pointed to…lifted up…praised…made great in the eyes of people.
Maybe that will come as God does a miracle as he did for the blind man.
Maybe that will come as you persevere through an abiding trust in Jesus.
Maybe that will come as you serve others who are walking a similar path to yours.
I don’t know, but no matter what may happen to us, we have the choice to bring honor to God in every situation. It simply takes our obedience and our testimony that Jesus is sufficient.
So…the next time something happens and you wonder why, ask a different question. Ask…How can I display the work of God in my life through this? That is a better question.
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