Blessing in Disguise

Memory Verse

Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not
become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we
do not give up.  Therefore, as we have
opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to
the family of believers.”

 

Introduction

As a military wife, I struggled
to understand why my husband was deployed so often.  “Why does it seem as though he is gone more
than everyone else?” I questioned God.
For three years, we battled against long periods apart and a rough work
schedule.  I even wondered if we’d ever
make it.

Now, on the other side of those
three years, I am able to see the light.
I can see how God used that time to force me to rely solely on him, to
teach me invaluable lessons, and to strengthen my faith in desperate
times.  In addition, I now have the
opportunity to help other struggling military wives by using my own
experiences.

 

Discussion

What situations in your life seem
like “bad deals?”

 

Reading and Questions

John 9:1-38

Jesus heals on the Sabbath,
again.  I’m guessing that if he had
healed on any other day, this story wouldn’t have gotten much attention.  Instead, Jesus knows that the story will be
told if there is commotion, so he chooses to heal on the Sabbath.

Let’s look at the progression of
the man’s faith:

v17:  He does not acknowledge Jesus as Messiah, but
instead simply as a _______________.

v28-33:  After they insult him, he acknowledges that
Jesus must be from __________.

v35-36:  He later asks Jesus to tell him about the
“Son of Man” so that he may _________________ in him.

v38:  He believes and he  ________________  Jesus.

It might be enough to stop there
and thank God for bringing one person to belief, but go back to the very
beginning of the passage:

v2-3:      Who sinned?

Why did this happen?

This man was born blind.  He spent many years with this birth defect,
inconveniencing both him and his family.
He probably wondered many times why God had given him this problem, even
wondering if he or his parents had done something to deserve it as punishment.

What issues in your life have
made you ask, “Why, God?”

How have they negatively affected
your life?

If God were to come to you and
say, “This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in your life,”
would that change how you feel?

How might God use your
unfortunate circumstances in the future as a good thing?

Every hard time in my personal
life has been used by God later in my life.
When I struggled as a teenager, I never imagined God would use my
experiences to work with youth.  When I
struggled in my marriage, I never thought God would use that as I worked with
other struggling wives.  In fact, the
ability to help others always made my struggles “worth it” in hindsight.  Consider the idea that God wants you to help
others by learning from your struggles today.
They may seem like curses on your life, but really they are blessings in
disguise.

 

Life Application               

Take time this week to reflect on
past struggles that you have overcome.
Thank God for bringing you past your struggles, and then make the effort
to help someone else that can learn from your mistakes.  Always remember that none of us are better
than any other, we are simply in different parts of life.  Often times we learn more from the people we
teach, than they learn from us!

Further Study

Psalm 103:1-6

To download or print a copy of this study, see Blessing in Disguise PDF.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL
VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of
Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Copyright by Melissa Fisher, July 2011.

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