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May 7

Blind Benefits

Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

daredevilWhen I was little I wondered what it would be like to be blind. I didn’t know anyone blind, but I did read Daredevil comic books.

While reading Daredevil comic books I learned that main character Matt Murdoch was blinded as a boy, but remarkably his other senses were heightened to compensate for his blindness.

Later I learned that not all people who lose their sight have such benefits.

God inspired Jesus Christ’s close friend John to recorded the following story about a blind man. “As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus’ disciples asked, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was it because he or his parents sinned?”

“No, it wasn’t!” Jesus answered. “But because of his blindness, you will see God work a miracle for him. 1

Christopher Wright, in his book, The God I Don’t Understand, explains, “Jesus did say that the man’s blindness created an opportunity for the glory of God to be displayed (when Jesus healed him). And Jesus also used the two local disaster events as a warning that people need to repent…”

“Jesus was not saying that God caused Pilate to slaughter people or caused the tower to collapse and kill people, with the purpose of issuing a warning to everybody else. He simply used the events, quite legitimately, as a pointer to the shortness of life, the possible suddenness of death, and the necessity therefore of repentance here and now.” (Italics & color added for emphasis) 2

“God please help us to look for teachable moments in our lives,” is mysilentscream.

1 – John 9:1–3, CEV

2 – Note: To repent (or to choose an attitude of repentance) is to admit that what’s needed is a humble response to God, and a decision to choose to follow God’s path rather than our own. You can read more about repentance here.

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