[Jesus] said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
— John 9:7 —
Amos Mapira: Central African Preaching Academy | Malawi
In life, suffering is real and inevitable. We have all suffered. But do we realize that God works in our suffering to manifest His glory? God may even use our suffering to drive us to believe that Jesus is the Christ and thus have eternal life. In this passage, a blind man suffered greatly. Unlike many who are spiritually blind, this man knew his great need. Similarly, if we are to experience God’s glorious provision while suffering, we too need to recognize our need. Take the long view of your suffering and see that God can manifest His glory amid your pain. The blind man also listened to Jesus’ commands. Many suffer and don’t know what God wants for them, because they have never heard the gospel. Yet others hear the word of God, and through it, they know what God wants for them in their suffering. Like the blind man, they hear and realize that God may be providing a way out or often through their painful situation. Most important of all, the blind man obeyed Jesus’ command. In the same way, when we experience trials and suffering, we need to obey God’s command and adhere to His will. The blind man did not doubt or ask Jesus questions, he just went and washed. Here is a good example for us to follow. You do not always need to understand everything before you can respond in obedience, you just need to obey. You may be experiencing intense suffering at this moment—whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. It may press in on you greatly. But take the long view of your suffering and see that God can manifest His glory amid your pain.