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10/8/14 - ­ Your Life: God¹s Will Versus Man¹s Happiness ­ Part 1

Published: Wednesday, 08 October 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold
And God's Word 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.”

 

In the verses above, the disciples asked Jesus about a man being born blind.  They thought that the man’s blindness was caused by someone’s sin: the man while a baby in the womb or the parents.  This situation raises several questions regarding sins and God.  Does God use sin to give someone a physical or mental defect?  Is it fair for God to allow suffering so that He can explain His Will to us?  Is God’s Number One Priority to make people happy regardless of sin?  These are some tough questions that need to be settled in the hearts of all Christians.

 

The disciples saw a man who was known by everyone to have been born blind.  We do not know the man’s age at the time of meeting Jesus, but we can guess that he was probably at least 20 years old in the context of the story. In other words, Jesus was a teenager or even younger when this man was born blind.  I hope you realize that God was working His Will in this man’s life since he was born.

The disciples believed that if someone had something wrong with them, then it must be as a result of sin in their life. This (mis)understanding of sin occurs many times throughout the Bible.  Jonah was thrown overboard because the crew thought he had sin in his life.  Job’s friends repeatedly told him to confess his sin so that God would forgive him and restore him.  David and Bathsheba had an illicit affair and the baby produced by that affair died as a baby.

A final example is Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins.  Jesus had no sins!  With the thought that people hurt because of sin in their lives, Jesus certainly did not need to hurt.  And yet, he suffered greatly because of our sins.  The good news is that through the suffering of Christ, we have forgiveness of sins from God.  We will not suffer God’s judgment of our sins.  We have been declared as righteous as Jesus (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).  As a Believer, all of our sins have been forgiven and forgotten.  In a relationship with man, God emphasizes His love for us as opposed to obeying a set of rules.  However, there are too many Christians who have developed their own sin philosophy.

Please consider your own thoughts about when you sin.  Do you look for the “got’cha” that God will put on you because of your sin?  Let me say that this is not God’s way of dealing with your sin.  Christ dealt with your sins once and for all on the cross through the unconditional LOVE of God!

You can imagine what the disciples thought of sin.  Don’t you think it was a huge stretch to believe that when that man was a baby in his mother’s womb, he committed some kind of sin?  I can’t think of one…maybe you can!  It is easier to think that the parents must have sinned, and, therefore, the man had to suffer being blind because of their sin.  I don’t know about you, but there is something seriously wrong with thinking of God in this way.  Besides, this clearly  and severely contradicts Christ dying on the cross because of our sins.  I cannot accept the idea that God would punish a baby for what the parents may have done.

Next week, I will continue to discuss the topic of sin, God, and you.  During the coming week, ask yourself what motivates you to either commit sin or to avoid sin.  Ask yourself if you believe that you suffer because of sins that you have committed.  Or, is it possible that God is executing His Sovereign will to bring you closer to Him?  Your answers to these questions will impact the way you think of sin.

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