The sermon yesterday was about Lazarus being raised from the dead. When Jesus first hears that Lazarus is sick, he says, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory, so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11)
A drama we are working on for the first Sunday in August is based on the blind man Jesus heals in John 9. When his disciples asked him, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
Sometimes, when bad things happen to me, it’s because I brought it on myself. But sometimes not.
Sometimes, we lose jobs so that the works of God might be displayed in us.
Sometimes, we go through serious health crises so that God’s Son may be glorified through us.
Sometimes, we experience failure and discouragement so that others see God’s glory in how we respond.
Sometimes, evil is allowed to show its ugly face (like, in a movie theater) so that God's face shines more brightly by contrast.
Sometimes, it’s about us. And sometimes, it’s about so much more.
Sometimes, I just need a reminder.