John 9:1-3 As Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
Isaiah 42:16 And I [God] will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
As I was thinking of these verses this morning, I saw a picture of a blind man, crying out to Jesus. As others saw this man, they assumed that God had not answered his prayers because of sin, particularly the sin of unbelief. And the blind man was also aware of his own sin and unworthiness. He knew he needed mercy and was powerless to change. The next thing I saw was God reaching down and guiding this man by the hand. But this time, He did not heal the man’s blindness. The man still could not see, but now instead of sitting, God was guiding Him. He was leading the blind man to walk in spite of the darkness. God was graciously leaving him in darkness so that he could better understand the presence of his God who had promised never to forsake. The encouragement to me was that whether God heals the blind eyes and allows sight or leaves you in the darkness, that in both circumstances, He is working to display His greatness and He is the God that does not forsake His children.
The idea was sparked by a quote I read this morning (one of the quotes in my post below)…
Often I have heard people say, “How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!” Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. “No, Corrie,” said Betsie, “He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” Corrie concludes, “There is an ocean of God’s love available – there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love – whatever the circumstances.” Corrie Ten Boom