THE WORKS OF GOD
Today’s Reading: John 9
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Key Verse: John 9:3
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him…”
It is so typical of human nature that Jesus’ disciples wanted to lay blame on someone for the blindness of this man. A particular kind of venereal disease can cause blindness in a newborn. So often we see scandal when we should be seeing an opportunity to help. We fall into gossip instead of falling on our knees in prayer. For Jesus, this was an opportunity to bring glory to His Father. The Judge of all the earth did not judge. He who knows all things rejected speaking of the past sins of this man or his parents. Jesus did a creative miracle! The Pharisees are often seen as the bad guys, but here the followers of Jesus were acting like their opponents, abandoning compassion for criticism.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that You’ll grant me grace always to see human need with compassion and prayer. Help me to think, “What would Jesus do?” and act accordingly. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My mother died when I was 12 years old. My most vivid memory of her was not of her making dinner, but was of seeing her on her knees in prayer. After her death, my Dad was silent as we drove down Bank street in Ottawa, and finally he said, “I can never remember hearing your mother say anything bad about anyone.” This reinforced my positive memories of her. I do know that she visited the most needy families in the little village where we lived at the time. I marveled at the glowing eulogies given her. I didn’t think it was exceptional. I thought all mothers were like that. I know now that this is not the case. I also know that Jesus changed my heart to make me more like Him, and yes, more like Mother, Hazel Pritchard Mainse. Norma-Jean’s mother was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident when Norma-Jean was just 17. All reports are that Lillian Davies Rutledge was a woman of God. Neither Norma-Jean nor I have met our mothers-in-law. Just yesterday, as I meditated, I thought that no doubt they’ve met in Heaven. What a wonderful truth it is that I’ll see them both someday soon.
Yours for ministering to the needs of others,
P.S. Ron Mainse here, because Dad asked me to add a P.S. to his blog today. He wants me to give you some details on what we’ve been up to on 100 Huntley Street over the last 10 programs. This has been our Fall membership campaign, where we provide an opportunity for our TV viewers to join with us through their giving, especially as monthly supporters. This enables the overall ministry of Crossroads to continue to reach out through television, 24/7 prayer lines, internet broadcasting, relief & development projects, and other ministry opportunities, both near and far (including making possible this daily blog!). Our theme of 10,000 REASONS alludes to the upcoming milestone of our 10,000th episode of 100 Huntley Street (next October). It has been through God’s grace and the generosity of many like you that the daily TV ministry has flourished for over 37 years…and counting! Pivotal days are ahead for this ministry. God is opening new doors and there are opportunities to shine the light of Jesus in brighter ways than ever. HERE is a link to yesterday’s program, which was the final day of our membership drive. If the Lord should lead you to become a monthly donor or to send a special gift, that would be so appreciated! HERE is a link for your donation options (online, phone or mail). May God bless you for your faithfulness to His work! - Ron Mainse