Why do good people suffer?


Dear Suffering and Healing,

Have you ever asked, "Why do good people suffer?”  John 9 is perhaps the greatest chapter in scripture in terms of

attempting to address this question. 

What stands out in the text is the temptation to, "look for someone to blame.”  I encourage you to take a spiritual inventory. Do you sit and brood over who is to blame for the suffering in your life? Or, do you seek to be accountable and ask for Jesus light to shine in the darkness. The spiritually mature see all human suffering not as an opportunity to place blame, rather to “look instead for what God can do.” 

“The people in the small town ask ,”Rabbi (Jesus) who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”  The theology of the day was that if someone suffered they or their ancestors had done something to bring the suffering on. Jesus responded by saying, "You are asking the wrong question. You are looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause and effect here. Look instead for what God can do.” (John 9:2-5 The Message) 

Raymond Brown states, “This is a story of how a man who sat in darkness was brought to see the light, not only physically, but spiritually.”  On the other hand, it is a tale of how those who thought they saw were plunging themselves into darkness are introduced to the light. The story starts in verse 1 with a blind man who will gain his sight, it ends in verse 41 with the Pharisees who have become spiritually blind. 

May you take inventory of the obstacles, wounds, and brokenness in your life and pray for the power of what “God can do!” 

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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