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?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3
Many of the situations in life we ask a similar question, “why?”
- Why did this happen to an innocent child?
- Why did this happen to such a good person?
- Why am I going through such pain right now?
- Why? Why? Why?
They are endless but certainly not meaningless.
We tend to think that one day we’ll know all the reasons for our pain and turmoil. Perhaps. But maybe not. The only thing we know is that we really don’t know why bad things happen to good people and there’s no guarantee we’ll ever find out.
As I’ve stated before, the questions are just as important as the answers we receive. The constant “gripping the hem of his garment” to inquire about injustices and wrongs is a great thing. How can I say that? If you didn’t do that but instead became bitter, what good is that? But because we are able to express real heart-wrenching emotion, we are talking with the One who knows us better than we do. Do you think that matters at all? Of course it does. He will use those circumstances (and those that require you to plead with Him) for His glory.