Daily Encouragement: Year 2, Day 195

From Handbook to God’s Promises


Life’s Toughest Question
(John 9:1–3)

A busy intersection handles thousands of vehicles without incident until two cars collide in a fearsome crash. If we’re in one of the cars, we want to know why. “Why not the cars before me or after me?” A category-four tornado hopscotches through town and takes only three houses out of a neighborhood of fifty. If ours is one of the three, we ask, “Why? Why my house?” Leukemia strikes down a high school scholar-athlete-leader and we ask, “Why? Why someone so young, with such great potential?”

Indeed, “Why?” This is life’s toughest question, and humans have asked it from time immemorial. Not only children ask this question (sometimes with unnerving frequency), but spiritually mature adults ask it frequently too. Moreover, adults probably ponder this question even more often than they are brave enough to express it verbally.

Jesus’ disciples once asked Him about a man who had been born blind. The rabbinic theology of the day required that the cause be found in either the man’s sin or that of his parents. But Jesus told them that such simplistic reasoning was not behind the why of the man’s blindness. Rather, Jesus explained, the answer is deeper: This happened “so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3). And then Jesus proceeded to do God’s work by restoring the man’s sight.

If we drew the conclusion from this miracle that God’s work is always to heal the infirm, we might miss other works that he does in difficult circumstances. These miraculous works include giving supernatural grace to people with serious injuries to fight for life, moving neighbors to reach out with love and generosity to disaster victims who’ve just lost everything, and taking fear away from the person with cancer who is walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

God’s works are many. For every “Why?” that is asked, if no specific answer is known, a work of God will probably be revealed. Our challenge is to remember that there are no accidents with God—only divinely orchestrated opportunities by which His works of grace and power are revealed.

God’s Promise:
He allows the whys
in life to reveal His ways and His works.