Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God


From Desiring God:

Disabilities break into life in various forms: as the product of genetic misalignments in the womb, as the result of tragic and regrettable accidents, as the byproducts of infectious disease, and from the degenerative effects of old age. They affect joints, bones, nervous systems, lungs, hearts, and brains. And even in the United States — a country that leads the world in medical innovation and technology — roughly 20% of its citizens live with a disability.

No church is immune. This means every church leader must be prepared to answer very hard questions about the goodness and sovereignty of God.

Does God have a good design in my disability?

To this hard question God is not silent. But if we’re to hear his answer, we must submit our hearts to his word. Looking at what the Bible says is the aim of this collection of resources from pastor John Piper.

This e-book — including four sermons and an interview with a man of a disabled son — focuses on John 5:1–18 andJohn 9:1–38 and is designed to serve pastors who will be called on to minister God’s Word to God’s people at decisive points in their lives. The question is not if disabilities will surface in your church, the question is how you will respond when they do? At that decisive moment, what will you say?

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One of my favorite quotes from this book is:

“Of course none of this will make sense, or be helpful, if God himself, and the glory of his incomparable works, is not your greatest treasure. When Jesus says, the purpose of this blindness is ‘that the works of God might be displayed in him,’ he assumes the manifestation of the works of God, has value that outweighs years and years of blindness. Both for the man and his parents.”

If you know people who have a disability or you have one, please pick this FREE book up at Desiring God. Even if you don’t have an eReader, you can get the PDF or download kindle for your computer. This was a great book in opinion.

Disability

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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