If you’ve lived on this earth for any length of time, you know about the problem of painful circumstance. You know how hard it is to understand why God would allow such a thing, why you? You may begin to wonder whether you did something wrong, what it was, how you could make up for it. This is the question of Christianity that will always be causing people to struggle; both those who follow Jesus, and those who do not. How and why does God allow pain and difficult circumstances?
I was reading in John 9 a few days ago, about the man who was born blind. “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.'”
It is all for his Glory, that His work may be displayed in our lives. Now, I don’t think that this is necessarily the only reason why God allows pain and hard circumstances. I think another equally important reason is that He is trying to draw us closer to Himself, to cause us to lean on Him instead of our own fragile strength—but of course this in itself will also bring undeniable Glory to God. The good news is, that though our suffering and our subsequent trust brings glory to God, that is not the only way He is glorified in our suffering. He is also glorified in our Healing.
“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’…so the man went and washed, and came home seeing.” (John 9:2-7)
God wants to bring us closer to Him, so that he can heal us! And when He does, we will be twenty times stronger, more bold, more lovely, more hopeful, more joyful than we ever were. God doesn’t delight in our suffering, but he does allow it all for His good purposes. He is in control. And He will also be in control of the beautiful transformation that will occur in your heart as you begin to love and trust him more.
So if I am blind, let me be blind for His glory; that I may praise Him in my suffering—and if it be His will to heal me, then let me see for His glory, and let me praise Him in that as well.