This morning I read and re-read this passage which states “And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
Whenever we have a challenge, it is never, ever punishment but is only the opportunity to know God better and our relationship to Him! There can be no inheritance of family weaknesses or traits when we truly understand everything is to glorify God. So often, we want to look for a cause in the human scene and that search only leads to confusion. By keeping our focus on God/Good, what we need to know is always revealed to us. Man can never be separated from God.
Almost all of the past few days has been spent in bed, which is certainly not usual for me. Whenever I was able, I would read and pray but it was infrequent. Then, this afternoon I was reminded of school days when a teacher would give us a “pop quiz”; not because we were being punished or she was angry but to see if we were understanding what we had been reading and studying. Without a doubt, the realization hit that had been going on with me. This understanding cut through the mesmerism of sickness like a sword! This led to Psalm 139:23-24 which reads, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Yes, I needed to not give in to the thought of sickness, but know absolutely I was made in the image and likeness of God. He is the only creator there is and knows nothing of sickness, nor could I. Definitely wanted to pass this test so I wouldn’t have to re-take it.
Acts 17:27 reads, “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” This morning while studying and praying about a specific issue, I was gently reminded of “Pop Quizzes” I was given in school.
They were not given as punishment due to something I had done wrong, but just to see if I were learning and applying what I was studying and learning. The same applies here as I read the Bible. How freeing that is to me to look upon a seeming challenge that way.