Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Complaining (Part 7)
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 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 9:1-3 (NKJV)
Without doubt, good health is a wonderful blessing. But some people face significant challenges: injuries, afflictions and disabilities. My mother and brother had Parkinson's disease. I've pushed many wheelchairs and seen painful trials.
Without doubt, some people receive a tougher hand. Why them? Why must they live through such unusual hardship? Where is God's grace in the ones who suffer the most? Shall we not complain of these unfair obstacles? But if we look for the good, God's right in the midst.*
Consider Alma Connock: a Canadian. She became a pioneer in AMTC. She was our first international director and moved beautifully around the world on four wheels. She had a rare form of muscular dystrophy.
If I were she, would I have settled down? Not Alma. She neither complained nor let it stop her. She marched boldly through life with great effect. She groomed and launched countless talented stars. The works of God were revealed by her walk. Or more aptly said, by her Rock and roll.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Complaining is not godly, but grace under pressure is. 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jesus demonstrated this truth.
So don't worry about fairness. We can't see God's long-term picture. But we can show off His Spirit.
The man blind from birth got healed on the spot. Alma got healed when her real life began. Both lived as witnesses of God's great works.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC devotion: Impossible Healings: http://amtcdevotions.org/impossible-healings-part-5-blind-faith
* Previous AMTC devotion: Depression, Why Do Good People Suffer: http://amtcdevotions.org/depression-part-4-why-do-good-people-suffer
** Eulogy for Alma Connock, former AMTC Regional Director from Newfoundland, Canada: http://www.amtcworld.com/blog/entry/almaconnocktribute
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.