Whispering and surmising amongst themselves, Peter, James, and John discussed the malady. Another disciple, wanting to be included, interrupted and said, “I knew the child’s mother. She was a God-fearing woman but his father, he was a scoundrel.” James argued that certainly it had to be the man’s fault that God would not have cursed him for someone else’s sins. Peter argued that it was the man’s grandfather because he dealt with the man at the market before and he knew the family. Finally, after much discussion, they shoved John out front to be their spokesman; to ask Jesus who had sinned the blind man or his parents.
In their minds, someone had to be at fault and fault had to be determined because then they could lay this impossibility, this travesty, this hardship at someone’s doorstep. If it was the man’s fault that he was blind then it couldn’t be their problem. If it was the parents or grandparents fault, then it couldn’t be their problem. There was no cure for blindness…what help could there possibly be?
But God had already set things in motion.
“Jesus answered, Neither this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:3
It was a setup. God’s work was going to be made manifest in a blind man.
Zarephath was the poorest city of all of the Gentile nations. There wasn’t a place where suffering was more prevalent than the city of Zarephath. It was plagued by a drought and famine had spread throughout the land. Zarephath was well known for its idol worship and it was the birth place of Jezebel. Nothing good come out of that town. Nothing good could come from that situation.
But God rarely sees things the way that we see them and we rarely understand what God is doing.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14
God sent the prophet Elijah to Zarephath and as he is entering the city he meets a woman. She is busy gathering firewood so that she could cook the last of her provisions for her and her son. She’s given up. She has resigned herself to fate. It would seem that this was the end and it would have been the end except for God. The bible records that in the midst of a drought, in a Godless town, that He can still provide! “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.” 1 Kings 17:16
God laid it on my heart to remind you what it’s all about and to tell you that God is going to heal your situation. Brokenness is a part of this life. This world is overshadowed by sin. There are broken relationships, broken hearts, broken lives, broken bank accounts, broken minds, and broken bodies. You can wallow the hopelessness of your situation or you can receive a word from God. Tomorrow is a brand new day and His mercies are new each morning. I’m praying for you that almighty God will heal your situation for His glory.
“…and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay…” John 9:6. God touched him. He came back from the pool seeing. Believe with me that God is going to touch you this week and things are going to change.