The world is ready to feed all kinds of destructive behavior wrapped in sweet words and kind sentiment.
The Anglicans who were quoted yesterday would say they were being kind in letting ‘defective’ children die.
The mothers who wrote articles on why they aborted or wish they had aborted their children point to the significant suffering those babies would have or are experiencing. Many are ready to support them, even encourage them, in their feelings and behavior towards their children.
Most of us who parent a child who is different because of his or her disabilities hear over and over again about what we or our children rightly deserved, but didn’t receive.
The opportunity and even the sanction to grumble is constantly with us. We must fight that wicked temptation.
Especially when God invites us to run to him for comfort and help in our deepest suffering!
I have recently found these helpful in battling discontent and re-orienting toward’s God purposes:
From Paul Tripp:
You were not created to live an autonomous or self-sufficient life. To try to do so never leads anywhere good.
From Pastor John:
3 reasons why you were made:
1. God made you for his glory. Isaiah 43:7, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Philippians 1:19
2. God made you for joy.
3. He made you to love other people.
From the Apostle Paul:
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. (Philippians 4:11-12 ESV)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32 ESV)
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
(Isaiah 57:15 ESV)