Yesterday I pontificated that my legally blind eyes are not God’s will. Here is the response I get when I share such thoughts (I am writing this four minutes after having written yesterday’s post):
But Jeff, but Jeff! John 9 says your blindness was given to you by God so God can be glorified in you!
To which outwardly I nod and smile a “thanks” while inwardly think, “No, not really.”
First off, John 9 does not mention me at all. One blind man being cured is not all blind men. It’s one guy in a special case. John 9 (41 whole verses) are dedicated to this one guy. It’s not about me or any other blind guy than the blind guy in John 9.
Secondly, Jesus’ main point is to stifle the arrogant, self-righteous, non-blind disciples who assumed the blind man was blind because he was a worse sinner, or perhaps his parents were worse sinners than their parents. Jesus dismisses this false idea completely, which should once and for all put an end to the “if you have faith you can be healed” heresy. Your physical exterior has little to do with your internal reality.
Third, yes this man’s blindness was healed and this was indeed a demonstration of the “works of God.” The work of God was not His blindness; the work of God was His healing of blindness. In other words, being blind is not demonstrating any work of God; being healed is. Therefore, I can once again conclude that being blind is not God’s doing; being healed is.
Fourth, if I were ever healed of my bad eyes, I would give God the glory. If I am not healed of my blindness, I will continue to stumble in the dark, stub my foot on things I can’t see and almost get run over by cars I could have sworn had a right turn blinker on, not a left turn blinker on. Sigh.
Fifth, whether I am blind or not, I am to do all I can to serve my Lord and Savior. I do not praise Him for sin or its effects. I praise Him for the deliverance I have in Him and wait for the day of redemption with much anticipation. I praise Him for giving me better things to look at! I praise Him for giving me spiritual eyes that see spiritual things.