Over the lifespan of humanity, this is a question that has plagued so many. People often wonder, “If I am a good person…If I make good decisions…then why do bad things happen to me?” It’s almost as though we believe that bad things should only happen to those that “deserve” it. While doing my Bible reading, there was a story that gave me a different perspective on all of this.
In John 9:1-12, there is a story of a man that was blind from birth. One of the disciples asked Jesus why was this man born blind? They wondered if it was this man’s sins that put him in this state. Well since the man was an innocent baby, obviously his sin could not put him in this state.
They also wondered if it was the sins of his parents that led to this. Based on the passage we also know that the parents were at least church going people. In verse 22, it shows these parents were afraid of testifying because they did not want to be expelled from the synagogue. They were not bad people, but yet, they bore a son that was blind.
Now before you go thinking the disciples were silly for asking Jesus if there was some wrong that led to this man’s state. Don’t we sometimes ask God these same kinds of questions? Questions like, God why did my business fail when I did things right? Why was I born into an abusive family? Why did you allow sickness to afflict me? Why did you allow me to go into this bad marriage? Some may even wonder, did I do something to cause all of this? Maybe if my parents were different this would not have happened. Maybe if I made better decisions. Maybe if I didn’t sin. Just maybe….
Even in the worst of circumstances, God desires to use it so that:
God’s Power can be Displayed
While I’m sure Jesus could have given the disciples many answers, He simply said, “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins….This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” God in His all knowingness knew there was a day coming when His power would need to be displayed. While He did not strike the child with blindness, He knew that He could use this. When you are faced with an impossible situation, this is when a miracle can show up. If you have never been in a situation that was simply impossible to overcome on your own, how would you know it was the power of God that got you out? God’s power is perfected in human weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). This is why God often used those that were barren to give birth. Those that were poor to do great exploits. Those that were young to demonstrate His power. In the end, these situation show that there is a God!
Onlookers can come to Christ
God did not just display His power for the sake of doing it. Being God, He knew that there were several onlookers that would need proof that He is God before coming into relationship with Him. God wants every human being on earth not only to live their best life, but their best eternity. The only way that this can happen is when you and I choose to believe in Jesus and accept Him into our lives. This miracle of the blind mind opened the hearts of so many others that witnessed it. This is what God wants to do with your own personal defeat. Although you may be in a bad situation, God desires to bring you out so that your family and friends stand in awe of what God did in your life. This can ultimately soften their hearts to let God into their own personal lives.
For Future Generations
Not only will your family and friend hear about the miracle that came from that bad thing, but even generations to come. Those that walk after you will hear your story, all because the power of God showed up in a way that is unfathomed to the human mind. 2,000 years later, we are still talking about the blind man.
While I cannot fully answer why seemingly bad things happen to those that we do not feel deserve it, I do know that God is the Master of producing good out of bad. In the end, when it’s all said and done, God will make it all make sense and He will get the Glory out of this one.
Be strong, Be courageous, Serve God Wholeheartedly.