Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Why? How? When? Who Sinned?...It's Not ALL About Us

As he went 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?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. [John 9:1-3]

There are many times in our lives when we may find ourselves in an undesirable, uncomfortable, and trying situation /circumstance, and we cannot help but to wonder WHY we are "there" or even why we are STILL "there". We may try to mentally scan through or past (our words, thoughts, or other specific actions), trying to determine how or when we "screwed up" or sinned so badly to deserve "this" or to end up at "this point". We may even spend endless time beating ourselves up or focusing on the dramatics of OUR problems and OUR situations.

Unfortunately, as a result of our "nearsighted vision", we too often forget that our ways are not God's ways, and that our thoughts are also unequal to His. In our selfishness, we seem to lose sight of the fact that everything that occurs is NOT ALL ABOUT US. There are times in life when the Lord will actually allow things into our lives simply so that He MAY RECEIVE ALL THE GLORY "for working all things for good".

We are reminded of this in the 9th chapter of the Gospel of John when Jesus healed the man who was born blind. As Jesus and his disciples were walking and saw the blind man, his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Just as we can get consumed with the why, how, and when of problem, Jesus's disciples were as well. But Jesus let them know that, "neither this man nor his parents sinned...but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."

Most certainly, God has always had a strategic and awesome plan at hand. And sometimes, His plan may include that our lives and circumstances are used to affect and transform the lives of others around us (as well as transform our own characters), through His power and works of deliverance.

So Ladies, thank God that our Lord has a bigger picture perspective, as He sits on His throne looking down from the precipice of heaven on our earthy lives. We all just need to get on board and share HIS VISION.

Be patient...Be hopeful...& remember: IT's NOT ALL ABOUT US!!!

Our uncomfortable and "never-ending" situations may positively affect more lives than our own...since Our Lord works "ALL THINGS FOR GOOD TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM & ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE" [Rom. 8:28] !!!

“'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'" [Isaiah 55:8-9]

(This devotional was a revised post from a blog entry on http://www.everywomanoffertiledavis.blogspot.com/ on 10/27/09)
Mad Luv~Teri

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