Saturday, March 5, 2016

Coffee for the Caregiver - Devotional day 1 - Is This my Fault?

John 9:2
“And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”

The question has been posed through the ages. Job faced the accusation. The accusation may enter the minds of those who see someone going through many trials as well as those who are going through them.

John 9:3
“Jesus answered, neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

It is hard for people to understand that God would cause us trials in order for Him to be glorified. To someone who does not understand the gospel, it sounds mean and cruel perhaps. It may seem that those of us who have a disabled child, spouse, or chronic illness must have done something to cause it.

That answer in one way is that we have done something to cause it, but it is nothing we can change.

We are all sinners.

None of us deserves life at all.

Nevertheless, God chose to send His sinless Son to die so that we could live. We live now with “robes of righteousness” that belong to Christ but that God has given to us. In these robes, we still sin, but God only sees the righteousness of His Son. In these robes, we have trials, and God’s desire is for us to look like His Son through these trials, so that He will be glorified.

He chose to save us to bring glory to Him. He is God. He deserves all glory.

In trials, cry out for the mercy of God, because you deserve this trial. We all deserve every trial we are given. God has so often poured His mercy on my life and stopped a problem or healed a sickness. I did not deserve that mercy, just as I did not deserve the mercy to save my soul from eternal death in hell.  Just like He forgave my sins and has prepared a place for me to go when I die, I do not deserve the daily mercies He gives in the midst of trials.

Our hope for eternal life is also our hope for today. Revel in the eternal life that God has given knowing that today is a struggle, but tomorrow will be glory with the Lord.

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