Theme of the Week: Brokenness Is Real
Bible Verse: “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:3, ESV
Scripture Reading: John 9:1-3
What did I do to deserve this? When you are going through a difficult time in life, you have probably asked yourself this question.
John 9 introduces us to a man who has a broken body. He has been blind since he was born. Jesus’ disciples ask whether this man was born blind because of his sin or his parent’s sin. After all, it must be someone’s fault that he is blind.
Isn’t this how we naturally respond to either our own brokenness or what we see in others’ lives? How quick we are to think or speak, “Well, if this happened, it is because they did or didn’t …” and you can fill in the rest of the sentence for various circumstances.
Jesus does not condemn the disciples for asking this question. It is a legitimate question to ask. But he also presents a third option – this man is not blind because of his sin or even what his parents did wrong. This man is blind so something can happen for God to get the glory. In this case, it is a miraculous healing Jesus is about to do.
What if the story of your brokenness is not anyone’s fault? What if you are broken simply because you are human? What if God wants to use your brokenness to show His power?
In his book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, Tim Keller writes, “No matter what precautions we take, no matter how well we have put together a good life, no matter how hard we have worked to be healthy, wealthy, comfortable with friends and family, and successful with our career — something will inevitably ruin it.”
Brokenness is the shared human experience. And yet, as with the blind man, brokenness does not need to be what defines our lives.
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