It’s easy to praise God when miracles happen. Yet sometimes miracles have stages, and those stages can be trying. So if you’re having a dark night of the soul, wondering if you did something wrong or if God is with you—here’s a Bible story for you.
In John 9:2, Jesus was asked why a man was born blind. The question wasn’t asked by Jesus’ accusers, the Pharisees, but by His own disciples. They had a theological question: “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
They couldn’t figure it out. If his parents’ sin resulted in their son being born blind, how was that just for him? But if it was because the man himself sinned, was it fair to make him blind in advance of his sin? The disciples struggled with the answer.
And then in faith, we need to praise God.
You and I may ask similar questions when bad things happen to us. Yet I love Jesus’ answer in verse 3: “Neither.” He continues, “He was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him” (NRSV).
Remember, Jesus’ sacrifice has cleansed you from all unrighteousness. He forgives all your iniquities. If you’ve done something wrong, confess it and receive His free gifts of salvation and forgiveness. He doesn’t want to hold anything against you. When we have that freedom, we can move forward.
Sometimes, the next stage is really hard. It’s a Garden of Gethsemane moment where we tell God, “No matter what, I’m going to serve You and praise You. I will do whatever You ask me to do.” As Jesus prayed in Luke 22:42, “Not My will, but Yours, be done.”
And then in faith, we need to praise God. Psalm 22:3 declares, But You are holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel. And it’s in the presence of God that miracles happen.
So let that be your stage today. The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. If you think God is far from you, put on a garment of praise and begin worshiping Him. And in that, you’ll have His presence, healing, forgiveness, and everything that He has for you. God bless you!
Excerpted from a teaching on The 700 Club. Scripture is quoted from the NKJV except as noted.
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