“So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”
-Exodus 4:11 (NKJV)
Many times people look at themselves (or even others) and question God. They wonder if God hates them or is punishing them by making them deaf or blind, by giving them brown hair instead of blonde, by giving them cancer or heart problems, or by allowing their spouse to die or not allowing them to have children. Though it’s sometimes hard to understand, God has a plan for everything that He does.
Unlike us, He doesn’t have a plan B because He is never surprised by the way something turns out. The word “oops” isn’t in God’s vocabulary because He never makes mistakes. The Bible says that “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.” (Psalm 145:17)
There are times in the Bible where God caused someone to have a physical problem because He wanted to show His glory by healing them: “And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9:2–3).
There were also times when God caused people to have physical problems because He was judging them for their sin: “So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, ‘Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.’ And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:18).
Sometimes, God even gives us physical problems so that we will continue to lean on Him and trust in Him: “And He [Jesus] said to me [Paul], ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I recently asked a friend what he would say to someone who asked if God made them the way they are because He hates them or is punishing them. After some thought, he said that when things are going okay in our lives, we tend to just leave things the way that they are and not question or ask about the smaller things. By having something that causes us to question God, it could cause us to seek out the answer in God; without it, we may never have sought God at all.
The Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Maybe whatever you are dealing with was planned by God so that you would begin questioning Him. God is there, He made you exactly the way you are, and moreover He loves you. Even more than that, He did something about His love. He came to earth as a baby, fulfilled countless prophecies, lived a perfect life, and then died on a cross though He was innocent. He took the entire wrath that God had against our sin and poured it out on Jesus so that we could be given His righteousness and have a relationship with God.
More than anything, God wants your heart. It’s not about going to church or trying to be a good person though those things are good. It really comes down to the fact that He made you and desires a personal relationship with you. Romans 10:9 says “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” It’s as simple as that. Tell God you believe in Him and that you realize that you have sinned (lied, stolen, disrespected your parents, etc.) and that you want to be forgiven. If you tell Him that from your heart, the Bible says “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Romans 10:13).
After that, start reading the Bible. The Gospel of John (the fourth book in the New Testament) is a great place to start. Begin going through a chapter or a section of it in order each day. Before you read, ask God to help you understand what you read. Then read it and look for one wonderful thing that you can learn from it. Maybe it’s something about who God is or something specific that applies to your life or helps you understand things better.
If you don’t already, start praying. Not just at bedtime or before meals, but all the time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing,”. This means that we can be talking to God all the time. We can just talk to Him in our head or we can talk to Him out loud. We can talk to Him while we are doing other things and from anywhere. He loves to hear from us.
He can talk to us sometimes through other people (though it needs to line up with what the Bible says and other things that God is showing you), through what we are reading in the Bible, and even through our thoughts.
Also, it’s a great opportunity to go to church where they really teach what the Bible says and you get to be around other people who can encourage you and help you grow closer to God.
God and Disabilities by Pastor Chuck Smith**
In commenting on this passage of Scripture, he said: “Difficult passage of Scripture: as God here declared that He is the One who has created the mute, the deaf, the blind. He takes responsibility for these physical handicaps. He has a purpose in all things. God has made me as He has made me for His own purposes. I may have impediments. I may have genetic disorders, genetic weaknesses, and yet, God has a purpose in it all. I’ve even come to accept that God has a purpose in my being bald, whatever that purpose may be.”
**Pastor Chuck Smith was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and still maintains this position.