Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t know what the definition of ‘good’ usually is in this case and who the judge of good and evil is ; but this is a question commonly asked in times of adversity.
The bad things are the curve balls that life throws at people. Examples of the questions that are asked,
- “Why was my baby born with a disability?”
- “Why did that accident happen?”
- “Why did my mother, father or sibling have to die?”
- “Why did a loved one get sick?”
- “Why did I get sick?”
- “Why can’t I have children?”
- “Why did my spouse leave me?”
You know what you have been through. In the midst of it all, it is very possible to ask if the pain is a consequence of a sin that you or your parents have committed . The spiritual aspect usually dictates that you go and spend time repenting your sins and the sins that were committed by your ancestors.
When the Jesus and the disciples met a man who was blind from birth, the disciples did not hesitate to ask what the root of the problem was. Their question revolved around sin that had been committed.
John 9: 1- 2 (NIV)
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus’ answer was neither.
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God may be displayed in his life.”
The Amplified versions says ‘so that the workings of God may be manifested and illustrated.’
Sometimes God allows the suffering so that His glory may be seen.
verse 6 and 7
Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Perhaps the story would have been a little different if it was a blind boy who was healed. However, this man was born blind and had grown up being blind.
The Pharisees were intrigued by this miracle as it happened on a Sabbath, so they decided to investigate.
verse 15 – 18
Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”
Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”
But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.
Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”
The man replied, “He is a prophet.”
They still did not believe that this is the same man who had been born blind and had received his sight. They decided to send for the man’s parents.
verse 19 – 21
“Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”
“We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.”
He is faithful. At the appointed time, for the glory of His name, He will turn the ‘mud into a miracle’. Some may question when the miracle comes to pass, but your miracle will be your personal testimony that truly He is more than a prophet, He is God.