Loser of Comfort... Gainer of Glory

Here are some great thoughts from blogger Tim Challies on the providence of God in human affliction, considering the following passage in John:

“As [Jesus] passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him’ (John 9:1-3).
Tim considers this passage in a modern day context, as he reminds us of the rising numbers of abortions based on pre-natal testing for fetal abnormalities. In a world where you can easily abort and start over if everything isn't perfect, these words are much needed. I can't help but think of several people I know who have recently chosen to carry babies full-term, knowing that, apart from God's miraculous intervention, their child would have a short and/or difficult physical life here on earth. May this meditation on John 9 serve as an encouragement to such parents. (Consider Mighty Molly Mutz)
Tim quotes several Bible commentators on this passage and applies them again to this modern & murderous trend of abortion. Matthew Henry's thoughts were my favorite, including this quote:
“Those who regard [God] not in the ordinary course of things are sometimes alarmed by things extraordinary. How contentedly then may a good man be a loser in his comforts, while he is sure that thereby God will be one way or other a gainer in his glory!”
Or, as Tim applied & paraphrased, "Those who choose abortion are unwilling to lose their comforts that God may gain His glory."

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1 comment:

Hong and Tami Kim said...

On both of my pregnancies, I opted out of the first trimester prenatal screenings (the nuchal translucency screening). My dctr told me the reason for the test was to have more "options" earlier in the pregnancy than later. So sad.