And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9:2-3 ESV)
It seem like a legitimate question to asked, the disciples had grown up hearing that all illness were a result of punishment from God. Retribution as it was called became an acceptable doctrine. They were taught that God eventually got even with us for our sins. So the question of his blindness seem like a fair question. They were probably expecting to hear some long drawn out story of how vengeful God is and how much he plays “Gotcha” with humanity. Instead Jesus surprises them by suggesting that this man’s blindness has nothing to do with some past or present sin. But rather that God be given the glory. In other words God does not need to justify or give an explanation for his actions. God does not have to vindicate or rationalize his actions. Too many of us look for the political correctness or the rationalization of what God does. Don’t be stuck with the blindness, instead look at the healing and miracle that happens as a result. So often we park our spirituality in the crisis mode, never looking to the triumph mode that awaits us. His blindness is vanquished not as some weird undoing of God’s work but as a demonstration of the Almighty power of God. “Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee, how great thou art, how great thou art”. Truly God never makes a mistake. Although sometimes to us his actions may appear ill-advised, there is always Divine Wisdom behind what he does. God can turn our tears into laughter. “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy”. (John 16:20 ESV) Facing calamities is never easy, but remember God is “Standing by”.