John 9:1-12 (ESV)
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. 4 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
The disciples were focused on why this man had been blind since birth while Jesus was focused on revealing God’s glory in the world by showing compassion and healing this man. How we view circumstances impact what we think and feel about them, and how we act.
When we suffer or those around us suffer, it is easy to focus on the suffering. But it is often through suffering that we see the hand of God working the most. We often turn to God in times of distress more than in times of joy. God is always with us and no matter what we go through, as believers, we never go through it alone.
Jesus was laser-focused on doing the work of the Lord, and knew His time with His disciples on earth was limited. He wanted to make the most of His time, and wanted to teach that lesson to His followers as well. How focused are you on serving the Lord?
This passage is a reminder for us to check our perspective and look at where God is working. It also reminds us that Jesus is with us in our suffering and we see how focused Jesus was on doing the will of the Father.
During this season of Lent ask God to show you where your perspective might be off, where you might be focusing on your circumstances rather than on what He is doing in the midst of them. Recall a time when the Lord showed up in your time of struggle or suffering, and share that story with others. Ask the Lord to give you laser focus on serving Him.
Thank you, Father, for the lessons we learn through Jesus and his interactions with the disciples, help us to put them into practice in our own lives. Amen.