ALL-CHURCH FOCUS 2018 DEVOTIONAL

September 7th, Day #20 - John 9:1-41

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"Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."– John 9:25

 

When has Jesus touched your life in an undeniable way? 


How did that deepen your trust in Him? 


Ask Jesus to open your eyes to what He is doing in and around you.  

Game on

Read John 9:1-41

 

The world would have us believe that we, as individuals, are our own best advocates and promoters and our most capable rescuers. However, we must consider our motivation and our goal. What is it we seek? Can we muster the humility to place others before ourselves? Will we allow our eyes to be opened to the truth that our salvation is inescapably connected to our faith in Christ Jesus?

 

A global-interconnectedness coupled with a twenty-four hour news cycle makes it nearly impossible to ignore the difficulties so many people endure. Upon answering a question from his disciples regarding whose sin is responsible for a certain man’s blindness, Jesus replies, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned... but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed” (John 9:3). 

Our blessings and sufferings are opportunities for the glory of God to be revealed.

 

This revelation begins with how we respond to the work God is doing in our lives. In today’s passage Jesus goes on to ask a newly healed blind man, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (John 9:35), to which the man responds, “Lord, I believe” (John 9:38).

 

Jesus is at work in each of our lives. Do you believe in the Son of Man? 

your move

Let’s look to what God wants to say directly to you today through John 9:1-41

 

Scripture: Write down what you find most interesting in today’s passage. What about it makes you curious?

 

Observation:  What is the healed man’s reasoning for why Jesus was able to heal him?


 Application: Can you recall a time, in your own life or another’s, when a time of suffering worked out for God’s glory? How does that encourage you to trust Him, even when you lack understanding as to why you may be suffering?


 

Prayer: Ask Jesus to give you the faith to believe that He is in control when you cannot see or understand that truth. Ask Him to guide you or someone you know, who may be in need of Jesus making sense of their unfortunate story when they cannot.

bonus round

As this story unfolded, Jesus' disciples had asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” What does the Bible teach about those with disabilities, and the circumstances they find themselves in? 


Check out this great sermon video and article from Pastor John Piper where he answers all these questions and gives us a great look into the powerful, compassionate heart of God!