Sometimes it is good to be reminded about the totality of God’s care for us. We’re back to Paul having multiple seizures every day, and that is discouraging and painful.
One of the fine young men of Desiring God went to Psalm 100 as he lead devotions on Wednesday. My heart melted at verse 3:
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
(Psalm 100:3 ESV)
He made us! What a comfort!
That reminded me of the three pillars of scripture I return to time and again in Psalm 139, Exodus 4 and John 9.
He carefully made us, and our children with disabilities. He already knows our days and their days:
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
(Psalm 139:13-16 ESV)
Why am I certain this includes making some with disabilities, and all the suffering that goes with it? Because he said so:
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 ESV)
And he did it for a glorious reason:
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
(John 9:1-3 ESV)
Devotions yesterday ended on this incredible good news: he didn’t just do these things because he can, but because he is good and loves us and will never, ever fail us or our children:
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:5 ESV)