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Scripture: Why do decent people suffer?

(John 9:1-7 NLT) As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us.* The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). So the man went and washed and came back seeing!


Anonymous said…
Thank you for sharing this...not only do you bless me but GOD uses you to bless others who will read this and NEED it!
Anonymous said…
I really am encouraged in the way you are posting the Word as of late. Short, to the point and very helpful. Thanks!
joybug56 said…
Good Morning! Saw your blog title and thought how many times in my past have I thought that very thought. Our amazing God as faithful as He is has through time and experiences revealed to me that without opposition I could never grow strong in gratitude towards His Sovereignty. How can I joy if I never had the choice of sorrow, how can I laugh if I had never knew the broken heart's tears. As any athelete we are training also...a weight lifter continues to add more opposition to his bar so that he can be made stronger. So God adds more opposition so that we can be made stronger in faith and confidence in the provision, protection, and faithfulness of an almighty God. Thank you so much for the post this has brought out more gratitude for my Lord and Saviour.
Peter Shaw said… are so correct. Sorrow, difficulties and resistance does bring growth in Christ...if we don't give up. Thanks for sharing.
Ha Tikvah said…
I think using this scripture as an answer to the question is hugely simplistic. Yes, we ALL suffer as a result of sin, but I would contend that this verse will have many a Christian feeling that their illness/disability is as a result of sin, when we are already saved sinners. I also would point out that there are many other reasons for people to be ill or suffer and not all are specifically related to sin. Being a disabled Christian myself, I have wrestled with this question many times, but have come to a place where I recognise that God allows suffering in the lives of His people in particular for His purpose and ultimately all suffering should turn a person to seek Him & equally to honour Him in how they cope with it. But certainly sin does equal suffering - I would just have preferred to see you flesh out the context a bit more perhaps for those who might not be able to figure it out for themselves.
Ha Tikvah
Peter Shaw said…
Dear Ha Tikvah...first of all I pray continued strength and faith for you. Thank you for taking the time to read and even respond. My reason for using the scripture is two-fold 1) It was Jesus' response to a specific question about the possible impact of sin. In this case our Lord rejected sin as the cause of this man's blindness. Moreover he explains the ultimate purpose of this man's affliction being an opportunity for many to see God's glory through this man's circumstance - ultimately via the miracle of Christ's healing. I feel it was both a literal and figurative response. I hope this helps. Take care.

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