John 9:13-15 (KJV)

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

Were they purposely adding insult to injury?

As he people gathered around the blind man, they proclaimed that it was due to sin that the man couldn’t see. This is often the plight of someone going through suffering. As much pain as the sufferer is in, people are eager to point out that he or she must have done something to deserve it.

Have you ever experienced this or are you facing it now?

When trials in your life are overwhelming, and people offer no comfort –only condemnation—it can almost be too much for the heart to handle.

Yet even as struggles and criticism compound in your life, the Lord offers hope in John 9:3 Jesus told the crowd. “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”

Whatever your trial, you can eagerly expect that God is going to display His glory through you.

That is why Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak then I am strong.”

Paul knew that whatever the situation, God would prevail. This is true for you as well.

Life is hard, often unjustly so, and people are often critical. But God loves you and He’s your hope.

Count on Him to be your strength, and His glory will be shown through you.

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