All for God’s Glory
I’m finally back! After several months of being gone from the blogging world, I’m finally able and ready to start writing again as God leads me to. It’s been busy and productive time away, our move is complete, and we’ve gotten a lot of work done in our new church since settling here in St. Petersburg, PA. We’re thankful for all that we’ve been able to accomplish, and we’re looking toward the future and what our Father has planned for us.
In recent weeks, there have been many lessons for our family to learn and implement into our lives. Following Christ is an exciting journey, and we’re always blessed to have Him walking with us and guiding us along the way. The things written below are just a small part of one of the lessons I have been learning.
John 9:1-3 ~ “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
I have recently been meditating on a passage in John 9, where the story a blind man is recorded. This man was blind even from birth, and never knew the light of day. He had never known the splendor of the sunrise, the beauty of the flowers, or the majesty of the mountains. Although we do not know how old he was when his encounter with Christ occurred, he is referred to as a man, and he was well known in the city as a beggar. We have enough reason to presume then that he was of some years, and quite likely old enough that he should have had a family, occupation, and dwelling of his own. And yet, because of his blindness, he was a beggar in the street. People viewed him with disdain, and even the disciples severely judged him.
But we find that when the disciples ask the question, “Master, who did sin…” Christ answered them by instructing them. “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
In Matthew Henry’s Commentary, he says of this passage: “This man was born blind, and it was worth while for him to be so, and to continue thus long dark, that the works of God might be manifest in him.” Also referring to this passage, he states: “they are not always inflicted as punishments of sin.” The disciples assumed along with many others that this blindness was brought on by sin. Christ gently rebukes them as He shows them that there was no sin involved.
That the works of God should be made manifest in him.
We find here that even though something negative had happened, the beggar’s life was used for the manifestation of Christ’s power and God’s glory. And this is the lesson that God has been teaching me. How often do I fight the situations God brings into my life, when instead I can realize that all things are within God’s will and can be used for His ultimate glorification? God’s master plan is far greater than anything that I could imagine, and if I follow that plan, come what may, God promises to walk with me all the way.
If you read on, you find that Jesus had compassion on the blind man, and healed him. He used some weird methods of doing so! He knelt down and spat on the ground. After making some mud, he spread it on the man’s eyes and told him to go and wash. Even in the healing process, Christ does things we don’t understand! He could have healed him without using mud, but He chose this method to heal the man. Some believe that Christ used the mud to show to others that no charms or spells were used to heal the man, but that it truly was the power of God. Whatever the reason, I’m sure this man learned a valuable lesson to trust Jesus even when it didn’t make any sense. We can do the same. Even in the hard situations, when it seems like doing right and serving God make little or no sense, we can still trust in Him. The knowledge that He has a plan and is seeking the best for our lives will help us through the hard times and the trying situations.
As song that has been ministering to my heart is entitled, “My Father Planned It All.” The entire song speaks of times of being lonely and not understanding the shadows that fall on life’s path. But along the way, we can trust in Him because He knows what will happen, and He has a plan.
Even in the bad situations and negative times in our lives, we can be looking for ways to be thankful and to glorify God through them. God’s way is the best way, and He always seeks the greater good for those who are His children. Walk and talk with God today!