I'm spending time reading through the book of John, which has been more fulfilling than I anticipated (silly me!). I would've considered that of any part of the Bible, I'd be most familiar with the Gospels. I still wouldn't disagree with that, but I have been so faithfully reminded that God's Word is alive and real. Just thought I'd leave you with a sweet affirmation I came across in the last few days.
"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.'" John 9:1-3. Shortly after saying this to His disciples, Jesus then healed the blind man, who then went throughout the town proclaiming what great things Jesus had done for him.
How many times do we go through life questioning the "hard things"? Like, the unfair circumstances or the undeserved judgements. You know, the difficult things that are hard to make an answer for. There are only so many times you can listen to "every gray cloud has a silver lining" or even just "don't worry, things will get better." Eventually, these sentiments only serve to infuriate someone going through hard times.
But what a sweet reminder God gives us here in the book of John. I'd so often heard of the story where Jesus heals a blind man, but was comforted most by Jesus' dialogue between the disciples: A simple reminder that God not only knows our struggles and ailments and difficulties, but allows them in order to display His great works through our broken lives.
Lord, help me to remember this truth in the times when I question the hard things.