Something has broken, who is at fault, who did it? That is our standard response when something has gone wrong. That is how we humans learn. We see that something didn’t turn out right and we want to learn what went wrong and how to make it better. In John 9:1,2 the disciples see a man who was born blind and they immediately want to know why did this happen, what caused this? They asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (Vs 3)”
Did you notice the difference between the disciples perspective and Jesus perspective? The disciples had a preconceived concept of what the answer could be. Jesus gave the reason but in giving it He showed that He was already looking beyond the problem to what God was doing, the eternal perspective. Jesus saw how “God should be manifested (displayed and illustrated) in him.” (John 9:3 AMPLIFIED Version). When problems and disappointments come, where do we look? Do we see what was not right and then look to who or what was at fault, or are we able to look beyond that to see what God was going to do in the situation.
Lord, help us to look with the expectation that You will be made manifest, that You will be displayed, and that You will show Yourself in the situation. May we look with confidence beyond the failures and disappointments to see You at work.