We want answers! Our humanness demands an explanation for every occurrence that happens to us, to our family and friends and even to those we don’t know. When we struggle to explain, we begin to blame. We judge people we don’t know, who struggle with difficulties with harsh criticisms, put-downs of character, unloving and unkind words cascading over them all because we have this unholy need to explain and blame.
Oh, friends, we’ve all done it without thinking, without knowing and without looking to God. When we attempt to explain and blame, we begin this quick slide down a slippery slope into a darkness that is hard to climb up from. But it is possible. With God, it is possible to stop the judgement and begin to look up to see what God can do and is doing in any given situation and give HIM all the glory, honor and praise.
I repent. I was blind, spiritually blind, but now I see.
Jesus shines a light on our blindness so we can see, truly see God. We’re consistently asking the wrong questions in life. Ask instead, “God, Father in Heaven, what do you want and what do you want from me today?” Like Jesus who came to save us and make us holy and whole, we need to turn about face from sin of self to Jesus for right thinking and living. His thoughts are much higher and nobler than our thoughts. Ask God to help us stop the explain and blame game. Instead look to see what God is doing all around us! When we do, He even allows us to join Him in His work to help people find and follow Him in the Name of Jesus for the glory of God!
“We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” –Jesus
This is the right explanation for life eternal. Follow the Light of the world. Ah, I was blind but now I see.
John 9, The Message
1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”
3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”
6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.
8 Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?”
9 Others said, “It’s him all right!”
But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.”
He said, “It’s me, the very one.”
10 They said, “How did your eyes get opened?”
11 “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”
12 “So where is he?”
“I don’t know.”
13-15 They marched the man to the Pharisees. This day when Jesus made the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. The Pharisees grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, “He put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “Obviously, this man can’t be from God. He doesn’t keep the Sabbath.”
Others countered, “How can a bad man do miraculous, God-revealing things like this?” There was a split in their ranks.
17 They came back at the blind man, “You’re the expert. He opened your eyes. What do you say about him?”
He said, “He is a prophet.”
18-19 The Jews didn’t believe it, didn’t believe the man was blind to begin with. So they called the parents of the man now bright-eyed with sight. They asked them, “Is this your son, the one you say was born blind? So how is it that he now sees?”
20-23 His parents said, “We know he is our son, and we know he was born blind. But we don’t know how he came to see—haven’t a clue about who opened his eyes. Why don’t you ask him? He’s a grown man and can speak for himself.” (His parents were talking like this because they were intimidated by the Jewish leaders, who had already decided that anyone who took a stand that this was the Messiah would be kicked out of the meeting place. That’s why his parents said, “Ask him. He’s a grown man.”)
24 They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, “Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.”
25 He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”
26 They said, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
27 “I’ve told you over and over and you haven’t listened. Why do you want to hear it again? Are you so eager to become his disciples?”
28-29 With that they jumped all over him. “You might be a disciple of that man, but we’re disciples of Moses. We know for sure that God spoke to Moses, but we have no idea where this man even comes from.”
30-33 The man replied, “This is amazing! You claim to know nothing about him, but the fact is, he opened my eyes! It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever. If this man didn’t come from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.”
34 They said, “You’re nothing but dirt! How dare you take that tone with us!” Then they threw him out in the street.
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and went and found him. He asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
36 The man said, “Point him out to me, sir, so that I can believe in him.”
37 Jesus said, “You’re looking right at him. Don’t you recognize my voice?”
38 “Master, I believe,” the man said, and worshiped him.
39 Jesus then said, “I came into the world to bring everything into the clear light of day, making all the distinctions clear, so that those who have never seen will see, and those who have made a great pretense of seeing will be exposed as blind.”
40 Some Pharisees overheard him and said, “Does that mean you’re calling us blind?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.”
CAMP ON THE WORDS OF THE NOW SIGHTED MAN
“I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”
“I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.”
“…The fact is, he opened my eyes! It’s well known that God isn’t at the beck and call of sinners, but listens carefully to anyone who lives in reverence and does his will. That someone opened the eyes of a man born blind has never been heard of—ever.”
“’Master, I believe,’ the man said, and worshiped him.”
We cannot judge the Pharisee’s behavior and harsh words, for we are them at times. Only Jesus can open the eyes of the blind in all ways. Jesus, open my eyes.
To God be the glory!
I ask in prayer, the words of the Psalmist, “Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.” Keep my eyes wide open to experience the fullness of your glory in my life. Continue to teach me for I have not yet arrived in knowing all there is to know about You. Help me to follow in your ways without blinders over my eyes. May Your Light guide each step I take all day long. Show me what you want from me and I will do it. Take away my sinful urge to explain and blame; instead, and turn my head up to look to You for life forever in your Name, for Your glory.
In Jesus Name, Amen