Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? John 9:2 (NKJV)
Too often, when things go wrong in our lives, we wonder what sin we committed in order for the bad thing to happen. We may feel like perhaps we have not been praying hard enough, given enough, or reading God’s Word enough. That type of thinking will lead to condemnation, beating ourselves up, and depression. When bad things occur, it is simply an opportunity for God to reveal His glory and power in our lives! In the ninth chapter of John, Jesus saw a man born blind and His disciples asked Him did the blind man sin or his parents that he was born blind. Now think about that for a moment, the man would have had to sin in his mother’s womb if his sin was the cause of his own blindness at birth! Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9:3). The adversity had nothing to do with the blind man or his parents’ sin but God’s power! Jesus demonstrated His power in the situation and healed the man’s blindness (John 9:6-7). Even in cases when the adverse situation is possibly of our own making, God’s mercy and grace is still available to those in Christ (Ephesians 2:7)! The Bible is clear that there is therefore now NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)! Focus on God’s grace and not your possible past sin!