Even in Devistation There is Glory
“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “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." (NLT) ( John 9:2-3 )
It's a common belief that people suffer as a way of punishment for their sins. Yet, Jesus used the blind man's disability to glorify God, not to punish him because of his own or his parents' sins. Could the same apply to our suffering? We can view our suffering as an offering to God. It helps to strengthen our faith, teach others about faith, and bring glory to God. When you are low and struggling in your suffering, ask God to show you His perspective.
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This week we are seeing a different side to God's work. We are used to looking at the gifts, the beauty and the glory of His works. Dallas, Texas lost a 28 year veteran fire fighter in a massive apartment fire. Moore, Oklahoma experienced the devastation of an F4 tornado in which houses were eliminated from their foundation, rescue will be turning to recovery. Right now as I type, we are experiencing a severe thunderstorm with the threat of tornadoes.
It is easy to rail at God and ask him why? What did we do to deserve this? Is this punishment? Trust me, I would be one of the first to have these thoughts run through my head. It is normal, human. But instead of wallowing in this negativity, we need to pull ourselves out and look to the positive.
Just like the daily devotional says: we can use this to strengthen our faith to God, teach others and bring glory to God. All the pictures I have seen of the fire fighter and his brotherhood and those is the aftermath of the tornado, have shown their glory to God by their actions.
We don't like bad things to happen to us or others. I pray God holds all of you in His hands, protects you and brings you peace and happiness. But during the times of troubles, look to Him to hold you together and get you through.