Contentment in Any Circumstance

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Contentment
It is said that in the United States somebody goes blind every twenty minutes. In this chapter, the Lord encounters a blind man, and the question put to Him by the disciples concerning the man’s blindness can help us face the question that all of us have asked at one time or another (v. 1): “Why does God permit such suffering to occur?” The disciples apparently thought that this man’s affliction was because of his sin or his parent’s sin (vv. 2,3). Jesus makes it clear that suffering is not always directly traceable to personal sin (as in the case of this man). Then why was this man born blind? Jesus answers this by saying, “But that the works of God might be made manifest in him” (vv. 3-5).

The Lord’s method of healing was unique (vv. 6-7). He put clay on the man’s eyes and told him to go wash. The neighbors and those who previously had seen the blind man questioned if  he was the one who sat and begged” (v. 8) He said, “I am he” (v. 9). Then, they asked how his eyes were opened and he said Jesus did it (vv. 10-11). They asked where he had gone and he replied “I do not know” (v. 12).

Handicaps are an opportunity for certain things to be manifest in that person’s life and the lives of others who come in contact with that person. The handicapped often develop inner qualities of peace and joy and strength that other people do not have. Fanny Crosby, a dear saint of the last century, who was blind from her earliest childhood, is a prime example of this type of person. When she was only eight years old she wrote this little poem  “Oh, what a happy child I am, although I can’t see. I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be. How many blessings I enjoy that other people don’t. To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”

Application

I want to be a person who is not only content in whatever state I find myself in but one who brings peace and joy and strength to the lives of others I may come in contact with, no matter what affliction they may face in life.

John 9:1-12 (English Standard Version)

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Having said these things, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man's eyes with the mud and said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, "Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?" Some said, "It is he." Others said, "No, but he is like him." He kept saying, "I am the man." So they said to him, "Then how were your eyes opened?" He answered, "The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed and received my sight." They said to him, "Where is he?" He said, "I do not know."

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