“As he walked 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?’ Jesus answered, ‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.’ ” ~John 9:1-3
Who’s to blame? It’s a question always being asked. After all, if there’s a problem, someone is going to have to take responsibility for it. It’s the humanist in all of us that wants to take credit for all things done well, which naturally means someone will have to get pinned for all things done not well. It’s a Godless vision, this way of thinking.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this as a mom. Oh, to have a nickel for every time I asked, “Who did this?” Or for every time I lamented, “What have I done wrong?” I confess, I’m prone to these questions too as a wife, a sister, and a friend.
There is powerful irony in Jesus’ healing of the blind man. He’s walking around with a bunch of guys who can’t see correctly and they happen upon a blind man.
Those who don’t have a vision of God ask: “What is the cause of the man’s blindness?” “Whose fault is it?” Those who see what the Father sees (i.e. Jesus, Jn. 7:38) ask, “What is the purpose?”
It’s tempting to settle for the lesser question of, “What has man done?” It takes courage, faith, and vision to ask, “What is God going to do?“
One question holds us captive to the past. The other frees us to the future.
It frees us to a future where we have eyes to see God’s work; to see God revealing his glory in all circumstances and relationships. It is one of seeing that focus on man will only lead us into deeper blindness, but straightening our crooked frames and putting God in the center of the portrait is a beautiful picture of hopeful possibilities.
In seeking out causes we find blinding despair, but in seeing purpose we discover sight.
It’s why Jesus came. Not to assign blame, but to display glory.
Okay, so maybe you didn’t happen upon a blind man yesterday and ask, “How come?” Instead, maybe you were walking along and got blindsided by gossip, slander, criticism, rejection.I know we want to blame someone for it. But even if someone is to blame, what freedom is there in that for you? If all you can focus on is who and what has been done to you, you’ll never really see God. Asking “How come?” is blind to the God who declares, “Here too my glory can prevail. Look for it. Have eyes to see it.“
What are you looking at today? Cause or purpose? One is a dreadful prison; the other a magnificent freedom.
Be free today. Free indeed!
This month I’m participating with The Nester in her 31 Days challenge to write every day on a topic of choice. I’m writing this month on how Jesus make us free.