Suffering Without Sin

Today’s cup is an Almond Latte about the bad situations in our lives. Now, bad things happen to us for a number of reasons. And many times, it is related to our mistakes and sin. But, this java is about those bad things that happen though we are innocent and have not sinned.

Let’s not be too simplistic and conclude that all bad times are a direct result of some sin in our lives. Life is not that simple. Sometimes, God allows suffering to come into our lives for other mysterious reasons.

Consider the man born blind in John 9:1-3 where it says:

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

This is an incredible truth! Somehow in God’s mysterious plan, this man was born blind but that his blindness was for a greater purpose. And so, we cannot assume that there is always a direct relationship between sin and suffering. And all this means that life is not as simple as a cause and effect dynamic. Remember how simple a cause and effect relationship can be. That there is a cause and then there is a direct effect that comes from it. But life is not that simple. Life is complex. Life is mysterious, because there is a God!

And this God loves you and me. And He has a greater purpose for you and me. And this greater purpose will often over-ride the cause-effect outcomes in this world.
So, we ought to be very careful in the way we counsel others. Also be careful how you counsel yourself! Confirm today that your suffering might not be a direct result of your sin but part of a greater purpose for your life.

Such a deep and profound truth should cause us to be humble and quiet before the Lord and others. We should be slow to speak and quick to listen. We should then be waiting on the Lord for His will to be made more clear.

We should also be patient. Because if God’s greater purposes are at play, then it will take time for his plan to unfold our lives. And so, it may be wise to resist demanding justice and resolution today but be long-suffering for a future resolution.

In the case of the man born blind, he was born in that condition. But the greater purposes did not come to him until later in his life.

If you are meeting in a small group, you can pause now to discuss the mysterious work of God in your life. Share experiences and insights into your suffering without apparent sin in your life. What have you learned? Are you going through it now? Ask others to help you understand the big picture that will lead to a greater purpose. What is God trying to teach you? What character developments is God working in your life? Where is God trying to take you? Then pray for each other. Pray for patience and wisdom and courage and inner peace.

Take time to meditate on the mysteries of God in this world and in your life. And it may lead you to just accept your current situation for what it is but knowing that there will be a greater tomorrow.
Continue to be faithful in your current situation no matter how bad it is, so that work of God might be displayed in your life (John 9).

Like the blind man, you have been born for a greater purpose and for a greater display of God’s work. Remember this great truth today, for it is your inspiration towards the greater purpose for your life.

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