3/17/20

Our scripture this week is John 9:1-41.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.” “Where is this man?” they asked him. “I don’t know,” he said. They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 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.”
John 9:8-15

Jesus healed the blind man, but those around him have difficulty believing it happened. They ask how it occurred and the man tells them plainly, but it isn’t enough for them. They bring him to the Pharisees for answers.

Why do we question blessings like this? Is it part of our desire to be in control of things? A man has received healing and instead of rejoicing with him, we want to know who did it and how it was done. We fail to recognize the love of God in these things, instead reducing them to something we can duplicate or deny.

God has given us the gift of intellect and the curiosity to discover many things. We should thank Him for our marvelous abilities, but understand that some things are beyond us and our lack of knowledge should make us humble before Him. God has created all things and “on earth is not His equal”.

Wise and wonderful God, we struggle to be like You in the wrong ways. We want to be powerful and in charge of things. Help us to be more like You in our love and care for each other, sharing Your blessings with everyone. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

Retired pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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