We are working our way through Proverbs at work and came to this verse in Proverbs 31:8:
Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
None of you will be surprised that I immediately thought of this:
Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?” (Exodus 4:11)
And because I had just spoken to some young people on this topic, this verse also came to mind:
You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:14)
I marveled at what God was reminding me of on Thursday morning:
1. I create, intentionally, some who will live with a disability (Exodus 4:11).
2. I appoint some to protect those who are vulnerable because of their disability (Proverbs 31:8).
3. I remind you that what a blind person cannot see or a deaf person cannot hear, I will both see and hear. If you are tempted to abuse someone with a disability, fear the one who will repay all wrongs done to them (Leviticus 19:14, Deuteronomy 32:35, Hebrews 10:30-31).
God’s word is amazing. It is relevant in its entirety and frequently specifically helpful for those of us dealing with disability.