My fiancé and I are currently leading a connect group through our church. Our group is studying Mere Christianity by CS Lewis, and it leads to such fun, thought provoking questions and discussions.
One common theme that comes up quite often as we ponder the mysteries of God, is this:
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Why do followers of Christ have so much struggle?
Why do babies die?
Why do people get cancer?
Why are people born with circumstances they can’t control and didn’t do anything to deserve?
Why do we have to deal with such difficulty, even if we do “everything right”?
The conclusion I often come to is the fact that this is a broken world. We were not made for this world, and our life here isn’t supposed to be flawless. If it were-would we need heaven? Would we need God?
While I still believe that to be true, as I was reading in John 9 this morning, I saw things in a whole new way as Jesus explained why a man was born blind. His disciples were asking if this man was born that way because of sin or something his parents had done wrong. Jesus answered:
3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. 4 We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us.[a] The night is coming, and then no one can work. 5 But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
This struck me so hard as I sipped my morning coffee, not expecting any big epiphany to arise. Did you read that? It happened so the power of God could be seen in him. God uses all things, all circumstances, all difficulties as an opportunity for His power, love, and redemption to be seen.
When we overcome heartbreak, disease, and struggles because of our unbreakable faith in God, we are given the most incredible testimony to prove God’s existence to those around us.
He can use your cancer.
He can use your fatherlessness.
He can use your breakup.
He can use your job layoff.
He can use your depression.
He can use your loss.
He can use your grief.
God makes everything new. When we put our faith in Him and allow God to use us as ambassadors of Christ, the power of God will be seen in you.