A person can feel so isolated and alone when they are encounter suffering in this life.
An extended hand of warmth and compassion touches the soul during times of grief. Well-timed words of comfort can be absorbed like drops of rain during a time of drought. The thought that somebody cares brings welcome relief to those who feel they are marooned on a deserted island. The chances of healing may seem as remote as the island itself.
When healing does occur it seems as if it were a miracle.
When Jesus Christ encountered those who suffered from physical ailments or possessed by demons, he extended compassion by healing them. They were miracles performed, but for a very distinct purpose.
Jesus told his disciples after healing a blind man, “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (John 9:3)
Sometimes bad things happen to people or continue to happen so that the work of God may be displayed in their life. A miraculous healing can bring praise. Continued affliction or no healing at all can bring forth a display of hope and trust. If not this mortal life, believes the afflicted, than in heaven I will be made whole. That is faith — a miracle in of itself.
In the case of the blind man who was healed by Christ, he did not truly know who the Healer was until later. All he knew was that once he was blind from birth and now he can see.
Upon learning of this miracle, the Pharisees interrogated the man. They inquired how a sinner who was blind from birth because of his parent’s sin be healed by a man who sinned by healing on the Sabbath? “It wasn’t me,” the healed man confessed, “It was all the work of Jesus.”
The healed man simply confessed to the Pharisees what he knew to be true. In doing so, we discover that the Pharisees were the ones who were truly blind. God used the healing of the blind man to confess the work of Christ.
Is this not the same thing when Christians share God’s Word with others. We share what our heart sees. We confess to what we trust to be true. The Lord then uses our unique set of circumstances to present opportunities to display the work of Christ.
We were blind, but now we see. We were lost, but now we are found. All because of what Christ already accomplished for us on the cross.
And it seems that the Lord gathers an audience when he allows difficult circumstances in our life. Connections are made. A bridge is crossed. And we are asked how can we receive such confidence in Christ our Redeemer.
Those who share God’s Word are miracle workers like the disciples. Perhaps we can’t heal the sick, or cast our evil spirits, but through the power of God’s Word we can be used by the Lord to bring life to those who are spiritually dead.
Isn’t that the greatest miracle of all?