Because sin was introduced into this world, bad things have been happening from earthquakes to car wrecks.
Often we find ourselves embroiled in one of these events and wonder why God why? Couldn't you protect me from this? Couldn't you stop this before it happened?
John 9: 1 - 3 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Often times we think that bad things happen to us because we have sinned. No doubt living a life of sin will bring death and destruction to your doorstep. But what I want to address here is different.
A man was born blind. Because of his blindness, he is doomed to a life of begging. Jews taught that either his parents were sinners or he somehow had sinned and deserved his blindness. The key word here is deserved.
Jesus' response was unequivocal. He nor his parents did anything wrong, he doesn't deserve to be blind.
Jesus instead says, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. Often we will experience a horrible life event which sends us into a tailspin of depression and despair. This usually will lead us to rant at God about how unfair life is.
Instead, amid your trial try this.
"God, I'm in over my head, and I need some of your faith to get me through."
"God, I didn't deserve this, but I do want you to get the credit for what happens next."
"God, I trust you. I don't really know why I am going through this, but You do - so lead the way."
PRAY: Dear Jesus, turn my "whys" into "hallelujahs" AMEN.
UPDATE ON RANDY BRUMMITT (This is from his churches Facebook page) Thank you for all your visits, phone calls and texts. We will keep you updated as he continues to recover. He is still in ICU and hasn’t been able to stand and walk yet.
Pastor Randy still manages to smile through this trying time.
Devil, you’re not winning this battle!