Why God? How Come?

As [Jesus] 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?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the 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. – John 9:1-7

Perhaps the favorite question we human beings like to ask is “Why?” My daughter at the age of three would ask, “Why is the grass green? Why do I have to eat my vegetables? Why can’t I just play all the time?” As we get older we still ask “why”, but the questions get more complicated. “Why can’t anything go my way? Why is God letting this happen to me?”

We want to know “why” especially when life gets tough. So we go searching for answers. Our sinful, limited minds often take us to the seemingly logical conclusion that if something bad happens to us, then it must be because we did something to upset God. We sinned, and now he is dishing out some divine retribution on us. That line of thinking presents two big problems: 1 – It presumes that our infinite and all-wise God can be figured out by finite creatures. 2 – It minimizes or totally ignores his merciful love.

When Jesus and his disciples met a man born blind, they asked Jesus whether the blind man or his parents sinned. They thought that his blindness must have been the result of God punishing either him or his parents for some sin.

But Jesus taught his disciples that there was a higher purpose to this man’s blindness. He said, “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” That man was born blind so that on that day, Jesus could display his power as the Son of God by making this blind man see. More importantly, later in John chapter 9 we learn that this man was brought to faith in Jesus. God used the man’s condition as an opportunity to open his eyes to see Jesus as his Savior. In this way, God shows his believers that he truly is at work for their eternal good even and especially in hardship.

Are you facing trial and trouble? Have you wondered why God is letting those things happen to you? Have you thought that he is punishing you? He is not. All the sins of the world have already been punished in Christ on the cross. Your sins are forgiven through faith in Jesus alone. When he allows trouble and hardship to come into your life, he has a higher purpose: to display his work in your life, to work everything for your eternal good.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, when I face hardship, help me to trust that you will work through it for my eternal good. Forgive me for my doubts and despair. Strengthen my faith in you and bring me at last to heaven. Amen.

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