40 Days of Lent | Day 25: The Opportunity of Suffering

Daily Scripture Reading: John 9:1-7

“Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.’”  John 9:3 (ESV)

Jesus’ healing of the blind man reveals important truths about our own suffering and our response to the suffering of others. Jesus made clear that the man’s blindness was not a result of his own sin or the sins of his parents. Rather, our anguish serves as a beckoning to come to the end of ourselves so we can more fully trust and depend on Christ. Here, we learn that both suffering and healing are opportunities for refinement—a refinement that leads us to display the glory of God.


Take time out of your day to identify the suffering in your life. Put a name to it. Write it down. Talk to Jesus about it. He can handle your honesty.

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