HS Students 40 Days

WEEK 4 - DAY 5: WHEN WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS

John 9:25

 

“He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know.

 I was blind but now I see!””

 

Court is in session in John 9 and Jesus is on trial. His charges: Doing good (working) on the Sabbath by healing a blind man. The Pharisees are once again scrutinizing His actions through the lens of legalism. Some surmised Jesus couldn’t possibly be doing God’s work because he broke God’s rules by their definition of working on the Sabbath. Therefore, they wondered how a sinner could do such wonders. Witnesses were called and eventually, the man who was healed takes the stand. When questioned he simply answers, I do not know all the details about the who or how or why this happened. All I know is, it did.

 

Even though we know a lot more about Jesus than this man did because we have the complete New Testament, sometimes answers are difficult to come by about what is going on in our life or the life of a friend. We do not have all the answers to how God works or why certain things are happening. We just know God knows what is going on and we have to rest in that. The science or logic of it all may elude us like it did in this man’s story of being healed with spit and dirt, but we know the result. Jesus touched our life, and that’s all that mattered.

 

Often, we are called upon to bring comfort to others even though we don’t have all the answers. That’s what faith is all about. It’s believing in what we cannot see or sometimes understand (see Hebrews 11:1), but it is grounded in the death and resurrection of Jesus. God will use our trust and reliance in Him to bring comfort to others. We don’t need to try and manufacture answers; we just need to be present and available!

 

Has there been a time you didn’t understand why or how, but you knew it was Jesus at work?