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Is Everyone Divinely Created ?

September 30, 2023

John 9:30-33
30 The man answered them, “How amazing! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God, and does his will, he listens to him 32 Since the world began it has never been heard of that anyone opened the eyes of someone born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

Good day. Happy birthday. One of the main themes of Birthday Bible verses is that we are all divinely created – every part of us. God has planted us where He wants us to grow. Every one of our traits is divinely appointed. That includes our family, socio-economic status, physical characteristics, abilities and even our “disabilities”.

      John 9 has long been my favorite story in the Gospels. Many stories about Jesus are told in multiple Gospels but this story is unique to John. I love it so much because God “blessed” me with a weird sense of humor – some say a little sarcasm. When I read the account of a man born blind and his interaction with the Pharisees after Jesus healed him, it is comical. Please do yourself a favor on your birthday and read John 9 like you would any other story book.

     Let’s look at this man’s divine creation. He was born blind and according to verse 1 it was not his fault or his parents’ fault – it just was. We are never given his name. We can deduce that he is probably in his late teens or early 20s, so he has had to live with his blindness for a while. The day he regained his sight started like every other day except on that day, Jesus happened to pass by. Once he was healed, he was thrust into the middle of a spiritual battle between the Jewish community and common sense. It is quite funny how he responds to their questions – he is incredulous, and I love his sarcasm. Read vs 30 -33 for the ultimate common-sense rebuttal to stupidity. It is so cool to see “just” some blind guy able to see more spiritual truth in a few minutes than all the Pharisees could in their lifetimes.

     Are we upset or mad at God because he didn’t give us a physical trait we desire? Maybe He placed us in a family situation that isn’t ideal.  Maybe we have physical, mental, or social limitations. Life is not easy. I want to encourage you today to ask God for a spirit of thankfulness for all of those “limitations”. God has a plan for your life – even if we can’t currently “see” it (pun intended). You were divinely created. Every part of you. Hang in there, remember the story of a man born blind and let us rejoice that this man now sees Christ for eternity.

Dave R

  ’69 / ’83  Quarryville PA

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