“This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” John 9:3
We all have it. That one thorn in our side, that one impossible character flaw, that one health issue that threatens to steal our joy. And we have probably all asked God the question:
Why do I have to deal with this? My life would be so much easier if God would just heal it, take away the struggle, change me. We pray and plead and believe.
And sometimes he decides to heal us.
“6Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. 7He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!” John 9:6-7
But other times, in his sovereign goodness, he decides to withhold the healing, to let us keep the weakness, the struggle. He did this when Paul pleaded with him to take away his struggle. But, he also gave Paul a reason why he decided not to heal him. It is the same reason, the same purpose of our struggles today.
“”8Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
So that the power of God can be seen through you. If life was always easy peasy, would we need his power? No, instead we would be self-sufficent and bee bop through our days in our own strength and energy.
When we let Jesus meet us in our weaknesses, our blindness, our short-sightedness, he shows up, and he shows off. He shows that he is powerful. He shows that we can rely on him. He shows that he is merciful when we fail him. But most importantly, he shows you and others the power of a very alive and helpful God.
Rely on him and you will be falling at his feet saying what the blind man said in John chapter 9:
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. John 9:38
Walk with Life Himself today!
I made a very short video out in the sunshine today to go with chapter 9 below: