Grace Moments Devotions - August 19, 2016

August 19

It’s Congenital

Our church’s gospel choir once played for a conference involving the hard of hearing. A woman told me through an interpreter that she had “heard” music for the first time in her life—we sing and play pretty loud, and by standing up and leaning on a wall, she could “feel” our songs through the wall’s vibration.

Which do you suppose is worse—to be congenitally deaf or to lose your hearing later in life? Is it better to have known light and color at least for a little before blindness sets in, or is it better never to know what you’re missing?

Here’s the worst fear of all: to dread that a congenital disability is a punishment from God. But take heart! God’s punishing was accomplished on the cross of Christ. “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1,2).

Our disabilities now become God’s opportunities. What an honor it is to be a canvas on which our God can paint a beautiful picture! How much more joyful our lives can be when we are willing to let God use us as we are, broken and limping, blind and deaf, for his agenda of human spiritual rescue.

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