By Oke Chinye
Read: John 9: 1-41
“And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi who sinned, this man or His parents, that he was born blind?” (John 9:2).
esus’ disciples began questioning Him as they passed by a certain blind man. They wanted to know why the man was born blind. Was he the one who sinned or was it his parents? They had concluded that the man was in that condition because of the sin he or his parents committed. In responding, Jesus explained that neither the man nor his parents had sinned, but he was in that condition so that the awesome power of God could be made manifest through him. Jesus then proceeded to restore his sight. Perhaps, He would not have stopped to heal the man, had the disciples not began debating his condition?
Similarly, Jobs friends accused and judged him when calamity befell him. They said to him “is not your wickedness great, and your iniquity without end?” (Job 22:5). But God turned the tides around. He asked them to go to Job and offer for themselves a burnt offering so that he could pray for them. The same friends who had accused him were now kneeling before him. “And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed, the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before” (Job 42: 10).
Joseph’s brothers accused him of wanting to usurp their seniority. They called him a dreamer and sold him to slavery. Again, we see God turning the tides around. Joseph ended up in Potiphar house and then in prison and eventually as prime minister of Egypt. And the same brothers who had despised him, came, and knelt before him. “Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, ‘behold, we are your servants” (Genesis 50:16).
God can turn the tides in your favour when you are wrongly accused. He is the righteous judge who will always justify you. When others deride, accuse, or put you down, He can take all of that and turn it around for your good. If you are currently being ridiculed or have been unfairly treated, allow God to fight for you. And soon you will say like Joseph: “but as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20).
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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