“Why Me?” This is a question people ask when adversity comes calling at a time they do not expect. We seek answers, wondering why others seem to have the best of life and we seem to be enduring the bitter end.
There was a man who was born blind. He grew up not knowing what the sun looked like, though he felt its heat on his body. He never saw the moon nor did he know how the twinkling stars looked like. He must have asked many times over, ‘why me?’ The disciples of Jesus echoed this man’s question when they asked him ‘Who sinned, this man or his parents?’ (John 9:2) Don’t we all ask the same questions today?
“Why can’t I get a job, whereas others who were not as academically sounds as I am are getting great jobs?”
“Why am I finding it difficult to get someone to marry? I have kept high moral standards with regard to sexual fidelity yet I see others whose lifestyles were nothing to write home about morally, yet they are married with children and having the best of time!”
“Why did my husband die? He was a good man!”
Back to our story of the blind man. Jesus’ answer was an unexpected one. The disciples had given him options believing that they had the basis covered. Jesus said, ‘It was not that this man or his parents sinned…’ I do not believe Jesus was saying that this man or his parents never sinned. I believe he meant neither the sin of the parents nor that of the man was responsible for his condition. That must have thrown the disciples off balance.
The lesson we learn from this is that, God sees the whole picture, while we see one scene at a time. God knew from when this man was in his mother’s womb, that He would one day in his adult years, come in contact with Jesus. This was why Jesus said, ‘..He was born blind in order that the workings of God should be manifested in him (John 9:3)
We never ask ‘why me?’ when things are going well for us. When we have a good job or record business successes or get married to the one we love, we do not question why God has allowed these good things to come our way. The questions come when things are not working our way.
From the response of our Lord Jesus to His disciples, we can be sure of one thing; whatever happens to us as children of God is not without the knowledge of God. He knows why and may decide whether to reveal it to us or not.
Our response to adversity should be submission to His will. Jesus said this man was born blind so that the works of God may be made manifest or that the will of God may be done in His life.
Not all negative circumstances are due to demonic attacks. If we are not careful to learn a thing or two from the situation confronting us, and we go straight to engage in warfare against the demons we believe are responsible for the trouble we are going through, we could be administering a treatment meant for headache, when in fact what we have is stomach upset.
Some things happen to us due to our fault or due to the fault of others. But when we can’t find the answers, when things happen to us and the remote cause is beyond our understanding, our attitude should be, ‘Lord, let your work be made manifest in my life, let his event that is happening to me, bring glory to your Holy Name’
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Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the owner of Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He currently resides in London where he works as an IT professional. He serves in the ministerial team of his local church as well as in the music ministry. He is the Moderator/Editor of Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address, firstname.lastname@example.org