Monday: Read John 9:1-2. The disciples see this man as a theological case study. What leads them to their two options they present to Jesus? How have you been the recipient of blame when you have suffered? When are you tempted to blame when suffering comes?
Tuesday: Read John 9:3-4. Jesus comes up with a third option for the blind man's condition - glorify God. Even more amazingly, He invites us to join him in the work. Notice the use of the word "we" in verse 4. How have you been the recipient of blessings when you have suffered? When are you moved to bless when suffering comes? What lessons do you learn in comparing your answers on Monday with your answers today?
Wednesday: Read Psalm 142:1-2. A maskil is an obscure Hebrew word which some see as a piece of wisdom. What wisdom does David demonstrate as he begins this psalm? Why is David's prayer motivated more by character building than comfort finding? What keeps you from being honest with God in your prayers? What keeps you honest with God in your prayers?
Thursday: Read Psalm 142:3 and Psalm 142:7. When suffering is overwhelming, you pray it through, write it down, walk it out. How do you see David moving through his suffering in this psalm? Why is it key to build your life with the understanding of God David has, when he says in verse 3, "it is you who know my way." Where do you need to remind yourself that God knows the way in your suffering?
Friday: Read John 9:14-16. When are you more of a "seeing-is-believing" person? When are you more of a "believing-is-seeing" person? What helps you stay in the "believing-is-seeing" mode?
Saturday: Read John 9:35-39. Some Pharisees see Jesus as a Sabbath lawbreaker. The blind man who can see - sees Jesus as a Savior. As you look at suffering in your life, how can you embrace life from God's point of view? Ho can you help others to do so, as well?
You can GO DEEPER this week by:
- Read the book "The Grave Robber" by Mark Batterson
- If you have a story to share about Christ Lutheran Church email: "email@example.com".
- Download the YouVersion Bible Application on your smartphone or tablet.