Read John 9 today.

John 9:1-3 NLT[1] As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. [2] “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” [3] “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.
Healing people from their blindness was the kind of Jesus’ miracle most often recorded. In this particular instance, the man had been blind from birth. There was no injury or disease that had caused his blindness. So, the question was asked, “Why?”
Ultimately, the question is far more significant than this particular man’s blindness. The question is related to the problem of evil. Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? If God really loves us, why do any bad things happen to anyone?
Some of the rabbis answered these questions by placing the blame for a person’s suffering on the sins of his/her parents. Others went so far as to place blame on the person because of sins he/she committed committed in the womb, before they were born. These rabbinical viewpoints were founded on the belief that all suffering must be the direct result of someone’s specific sin.
While Jesus denied the rabbinical views, the explanation He has given is not altogether satisfying. He said, “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” I suspect there are few of us who would hope for more personal suffering in order that more of the power of God might be seen in us.
The reality is that in the midst of our own personal suffering, there is no theologically satisfying explanation. There is no answer that would bring us to the place of declaring, “In that case, I guess a little more suffering would be okay for me, or my children, or my friends, or my community, or my world.” The theological explanations all fall short in the midst of suffering.
What Jesus did was to enter this world, to be with us in the midst of our suffering in order to bring good things from it. This does not make the suffering itself good. It is what God does in the midst of our suffering that is good. In these moments the power of God can be seen in us.