Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 51)
The Man Born Blind
As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?' Jesus answered, 'It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'
John 9:1-3 (NASB)
What some call physical imperfections, the Lord calls glory waiting to be seen. When I study heroes of faith today, like Nick Vujicic or Joni Eareckson Tada, I'm awed and inspired by their examples.*
Countless more (including Dodie Osteen) are wondrously, inexplicably healed.* Such was the story of the man born blind: the focus of a big Chapter in John. Because Christ miraculously healed him.
Elevating him to hero status is what the man born blind did afterwards; he affirmed Jesus to the Pharisees and fought religious intimidation--resulting in his temple eviction.
But by this loss he would gain so much more, including affirmation by God's Son. So what can we learn from the man born blind?
1) Neither disease nor disability can prevent remarkable destinies: whether shining through them or healed from them.
2) The Lord doesn't see things the way we do: He see trials as opportunities to showcase His grace under great pressure.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Images (Part 6): http://amtcdevotions.org/images-part-6-the-images-of-men
* Previous AMTC Devotion, Impossible healings (Part 5):
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.