In the face of loss, where and how can we find the providence of a loving, sovereign God?
How we view disability and treat those who live with it matter. And, as with every other life topic or ethical question, our best guide is the Bible . . . All our best intentions and attempts at inclusion will miss the mark unless they grow from and by biblical truths.
Nothing can guarantee we'll make it through hardship without scars, slip-ups, or shaky moments. But there are things we can do to maximize our chances of suffering in a way that honors God and makes us more like Jesus. And a lot of that work begins long before the trial does.
When we truly, deeply love someone, we’re easily pleased with their gifts. They could give us a rock and we’d treasure it—because it’s from them. If their heart’s in it, our heart responds. I wondered: How pleased am I with what God gives me? What does that say about our relationship? And how does He respond to what I offer Him?
If God wants our sanctification so badly, why doesn't He just skim off our old selves and slip on the new in an instant? Why make us endure the wait?
He might be above and beyond us in just about every way. But He also draws close to us in all His holy otherness.
What do you do with the stuff that can't and won't stay buried, yet is still undeniably not what you wanted in your life?
We may not always be sure what to make of what God sends us. But we can always trust and know the One who sends it.
Our walk with God requires a similar presence of mind. In order to stick with Him through a world of temptations and uncertainty, we need to keep our focus on Him and where He is guiding us.
We can’t always control the way we feel in contentious situations. But with God’s help, we can control how we respond.