Physical Handicaps and the Will of God

I am legally blind, always have been, always will be and will probably get worse as I move along in life. As far as handicaps go, it’s not the worst, it’s more annoying than anything. The major thing is that I can’t drive and I can’t see the menu at Culver’s.

Over the years I have read and been told much Christian advice on the subject of physical handicaps and how I should view them in light of God. Most of the well-meaning advice goes like this:

“Well, I know it’s a bummer, but this is the way God made you and He knows what He is doing. You just need to trust Him as this is His will for your life.”

To which outwardly I nod and smile a “thanks” while inwardly think, “No, not really.”

Did God make me blind? Is my blindness His will? Depending on your understanding of sovereignty, your answer to this question will vary.

To the Westminster Confession crowd where “God from all eternity did by the most and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass,” everything that happens is because God ordained it to happen. The Westminster Confession follows this statement by saying “yet so as thereby neither is God the author of sin.”

This is what is commonly referred to as “hooey.” This is nice, happy, philosophical thinking, but also complete gibberish to the logical mind. If God has indeed ordained everything then God is indeed the author of sin and all bad things are His fault. You can’t say God ordained all things but isn’t responsible for any of the bad stuff. You can’t have it both ways.

God is sovereign and because He is sovereign, He’s big enough to handle giving us free will. As A. W. Tozer once brilliantly said, “A God less than sovereign would not bestow moral freedom on His creatures. He would be too afraid to do so.” Gotta love that Tozer!

God sovereignly gave moral creatures free will. We chose sin. Sin brought in death and corruption. Corruption has corrupted all things, including my eyesight. I do not view God as the one who made me blind. I view Satan and the sin and its results he introduced into the world as the source of my troubles.

Listen, when God made Adam and Eve, He didn’t make them cross-eyed and legally blind. My eyes are not good; Adam and Eve were. I have bad eyes because I live in a fallen world where not everything happening down here is God’s will, which is why we are told to ask “your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

I do not expect to be legally blind in heaven as I do not believe being legally blind is God’s will and only God’s will occurs in heaven. When Christ came to earth, He healed blindness to demonstrate the realities of the Kingdom of Heaven where righteousness and God’s will reign supreme.

My eyes are bad. God is good. God did not inflict me with bad eyes. He gave me new birth so that I anticipate the spiritual bliss of heaven where the pains, groanings and sufferings of earth will be put behind me, so that I now look on the things of heaven and not on the things of earth.

God is good. Do not accuse Him of bad.

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