This past weekend, I was at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, North Carolina. Dr. Larry Dixon and I taught a series on the man born blind described in John Chapter 9. If you have not read it in a while, check out the story. I will  be focusing on it in the next several posts.  

Can you imagine the pain that man experienced as a result of his handicap? Physically, he was unable to use one of the most powerful senses God gives us to enjoy His creation. Socially, he could not advance and was forced to live in poverty, begging on the side of the road. Spiritually, he was tormented by the false guilt placed upon him by the religious authorities of the day:  that his sin, or perhaps his family’s sin, was robbing him of the blessings of God in his life. 

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Yet one day he met the Great Physician and his eyes were opened, literally and figuratively. Suddenly, he knew the reason he had to endure such pain. Jesus revealed to him the purpose beyond it when he said to his disciples “…the works of God should be revealed in him!” (John 9:3) This man encountered God in the midst of his pain and we can too if we will allow Him to open our eyes!

What painful circumstance are you suffering right now? What hurt, what injustice is weighing you down and making it hard to live from day to day? If you knew that God was going to use that pain to do something amazing, something miraculous in your life five, ten, even fifteen years from now, would it be worth the wait? For the blind man, the answer was a resounding, “Yes!” What would your answer be?

Question: What truths have been revealed to you in the harder seasons of your life?

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