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Know God in a Year #147 Does Suffering Come from God?

Leaving the temple, Jesus and company walk past a man who was born blind.
His disciples, nervous over Jesus’ near stoning and wanting to talk about anything else, ask, “Master, who caused this man’s blindness? His own sin or his parents’ sin?”
They have grown up steeped in a culture that believes suffering is judgment from God, so Spirit sets up this particular encounter with one born suffering…(illness could come from cause and effect–poor choices).
“Neither,” responds Jesus, “it’s for God’s glory to be shown in him.”
Even though it is Sabbath, Jesus makes clay with his spit, rubs it on the man’s eyes, and tells him to go to the pool of Siloam to wash it off.
The man didn’t even ask!
But Jesus knows his disciples believe suffering is punishment for wrong-doing. And he is ready to destroy this doctrine of the devil–at least for them.
This is important, because in six months time they will see him suffer crucifixion. And many will say (or think) God is doing it to him!
While it’s true that all suffering comes from living outside of God’s law, Satan had twisted truth into “God brings suffering as punishment.” Nothing could be further from the truth!
So Jesus prepares them to understand his death: God won’t be killing him; He will be empowering Jesus to choose our future (death), so we can choose his future (life).
God gives good. Opening your mind to God, brings desire for Him, naturally, as flowers turn to sunlight. Knowing Jesus experientially, makes you crave His life-giving love-energy.
John 9:1-7
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