As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
For those who’ve been around the religious church system for any amount of time, most likely have either participated in this theology or have fallen victim to it. That anyone suffering has to be in sin. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that God doesn’t curse us or cause sickness and disease. The Bible is clear that there are blessings for obedient behavior and curses where disobedience is practiced and we are the ones who either choose to walk in blessings or curses. There will always be seed sown towards our actions and that seed will produce whatever we planted.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you
Reading our bibles daily is a must for we cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Mathew 4:4). Please take note that we are not instructed to live by the word or daily words of social media profits that seem to have a direct line to heaven thus declaring an “urgent pathetic word” everyday. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ you have the Holy Spirit living in you. There are various reasons you may be suffering today but I felt to share and bring our focus into the reason this blind boy was suffering since the day he was born. Keep in mind that we must be sober minded and balanced in our thinking. Not one situation is one size fits all.
Notice it was the disciples that traveled with Jesus, who presumed the boy’s suffering was because the child or the parents had sinned. Has anyone ever been through or perhaps still are suffering and those around you offer the same reason the disciples did in John 9? Has anyone had a sickness or physical attack and you were told that God wanted you to rest because you need to slow down? Surely this physical ailment happened because you wouldn’t stop? Recently, I strained my groin muscle severely to the point that I couldn’t walk. My husband and I needed to attend dignitary executive protection out of state that required intense daily training for a week. I couldn’t even walk two feet the week we were supposed to leave. Well meaning people offered their advice. Some of which included that I help so many people but I need to take care of myself, therefore; this groin pull was to cause me to slow down and rest. Needless to say we attended and that testimony is for another time as the result of that week has borne more fruit than imaginable.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about presumption.
Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O LORD, my strength and my RedeemeR.
Presumption is a sin and I see this practiced over and over in the lives of believers. As I counsel and dig deep into the traumas of so many lives, presumption abounds throughout the fabric of one’s wounded soul. Because the soul houses thoughts, emotions and feelings from experiences we have all been through, it’s human nature to naturally assume why something is happening to us. When one presumes why they are suffering or that of a friend, it causes us to miss the work of the holy spirit for that individual.
Let’s look at the definition of presumption: an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.
In regards to the boy born blind, the disciples assumed why this suffering was taking place and I want to bring us all to this hopeful story because Jesus made it crystal clear that He allowed this to take place in this family because there was a more heavenly purpose at hand and that was for the work of God to be displayed throughout this family and all who would be a witness.
Today I want to encourage you to seek the wisdom of God for your situation you find yourself suffering through. Is there sin in your life that you haven’t repented for? If so, repent and course correct now. But what if your heavenly Father who loves you has allowed suffering for a season so those around you have but little or no faith, could be a witness to the mighty works of God in your life? Never presume to know what the root issue may be. This happens throughout the Body of Christ because the need to be right or the pressure to “prophesy the word of the Lord” will override remaining silent until the Holy Spirit shows you the “why” to your pain. If you don’t know, then you don’t know! Even the prophet Elisha said God hid the root problem from him in 2 Kings 4:27 “ Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”
In God’s perfect time it shall be revealed because the Father never exacerbates his children. Colossians 3:1 “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they won’t become discouraged.” I want you to be encouraged that what you are suffering is not all about you. What if He is allowing your suffering, not causing it, to bring about a great exploitation of His Mighty works that others would not only be saved through your situation, but an explosion of their own faith! Walk in the blessed assurance that this too shall pass. He is passing by you now!