Topic: Power of Disabilities
And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (John 9:2 KJV)
In John 9, Jesus’ disciples asked a question as they passed by the street with Him and saw a blind man. Their question to Him was “…who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” In other words, who can he blame for his disability? Is God? Is his parents? Is his ancestors?
We may know the one or two (or perhaps more) of reasons the person who come as disabled. First ones is through car accident or misusing the drugs. If the person drives his car like a wild man, there is a good chance to have either serious death or serious brain/body damage. In fact, most people who are in the rehabilitation services came from car or other physical accident. Second is through birth. For example, if the mother of unborn child miscarried her baby in her womb, there is a good chance that the baby would come out as paralyzed. One of the examples is when the mother of the child constantly smoke cigar while she has an unborn child. This cause the newborn may have breathed problem and may end with death.
As we are getting older, we, too, will become disabled permanently until we’d come to end of earthly life. Although we’d dislike to hear this, but we all will face the dead bed sometimes in our lives. God didn’t start to make us as disabled being. He doesn’t like to end of our lives. Before Adam chose to disobey God’s command, He intended let human beings to live forever. Because the sin entered into the world through Adam and Eve, God decided to let human being to live on the earth no more than 120 years. Also, God gave let Adam and Eve face their consequence to live on the earth. That’s where reducing aging process began. The Bible tells us that Adam lived his life for 950 years before his last breathe (Genesis 5:5). Then, we read in Genesis 5-11 that aging began to decreasing.
This doesn’t mean we all have limited life or disabled life because the first Adam. No! If we blame Adam for our sinful lives, then we actually blame God. We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), not because of Adam, but because it’s our mistakes and fall to sinned. Also, we cannot blame God for our physical limitation. I have physical disability since the birth, but I cannot blame God for who I am. I tried to ask myself why questions, but they don’t effect to me. I have to accept who I am. I cannot ask God to change my body right now, but believe that I can do anything through Jesus Christ, who gives me strength (cf. Philippians 4:13).
Although His disciples tried to blame for somebody on the man’s blindness, there was a greater purpose of why he has no vision. Jesus said in John 9:3-5,” Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Are you tired of your life? Don’t try to change who you are, but accept it. God created you and me just as He wanted, so that He can use us for greater purpose. There is no other gods who could give us life with the great plan.