As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing! —John 9:1-7

Some sicknesses and deaths may be because of sinning (I Corinthians 11:30). But there are others who have health issues not due to sinning. Such is the case of the blind man in the context above. Jesus said this man’s blindness “happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” This specific blindness to this specific man at this specific time was in the plan of God to reveal His power. Yes, this happened so God’s power could be seen in healing the man.

Ever hear of a healing ministry where someone made mud with their spit, put it on a guy’s eyes, told him to go wash in a pool and then the man came back healed? That is exactly what Jesus did! But I have never heard of a salivac mud ministry today. I have not heard of anyone trying to duplicate this like the snake handlers ministry does from Mark 16:18.

Let’s face it… God does not choose to heal every time, but there are times He does— both of these situations are for His glory. I know a pastor who believes God’s desire is to heal every single time someone is ailing… Yet this pastor wears glasses. Why? I know people that have gone through years of difficult health issues and they love the Lord. Why haven’t they been healed? The apostle Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” which was some irritating issue in his body. He asked for it to be taken away three times, but the Lord said His grace was sufficient for him (II Corinthians 12:1-10). Whatever this “thorn” was that “tormented” Paul it was a messenger of Satan. Yes, God allowed Satan to affect Paul’s bodily health. Why? It was “in order to keep me from becoming conceited,” Paul said. Then Paul went on to say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (II Corinthians 12:9-10). Do we truly have a biblical perspective on what God is seeking to do in difficult circumstances or are we so self-focused that we just want to be comfortable?

God uses sicknesses and situations for His glory and our benefit. Yes, there are times He heals and there are times He does not. Both are for His purposes and for our benefit. We may not fully understand the why of it all, but we can trust the One who knows all about it!

Dear Father, thank You for accomplishing Your purposes in whatever situation we find ourselves in. May we be sensitive to what You desire to do in and through our lives for Your glory and honor.

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