Isaiah 35-36: Hope For the Disabled

There are places in Scripture that should offer great hope to those who struggle with disabilities. One such place is Isaiah 35:5-7. It says:

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6 then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;
7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

This passage comes in the context of a glorious vision of the redeemed people of Israel returning to the Promised Land, and on an eternal level, it speaks of God calling His people to join Him forever in the glory of His presence.

Some might look at these verses and see these promises as figurative, but I think that betrays the reality they express. In the immediate sense, it is figurative. The people of Israel returning to Canaan will not magically produce the healing of people’s infirmities, but eternally, those with disabilities who trust in Christ will receive full and gloriously perfect bodies that are free from every kind of sickness and debilitating condition.

For now, those who live with disabilities are blessed with a unique call from God. They must actively live out the reality that Paul addresses in 2 Corinthians 12 where he pleads with the Lord to remove the “thorn” from his flesh, some sort of physical or emotional disability. God graciously tells Paul that He will not remove the thorn, and He will do this in order to display the greatness of His power through the weakness of Paul. He says:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

God is displaying the glorious strength of His power in a unique way through those with disabilities, so that when they are healed and raised with Christ, their transformation will be all the more dramatic in the eyes of creation.

The blind will see. The lame will walk and leap and run. The mute will speak and sing. And we all will marvel at the perfect saving power of a God who has so graciously chosen to love us with an undying, unfailing, never ending, ever healing love.

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One Response to Isaiah 35-36: Hope For the Disabled

  1. Dave says:

    This is exactly what I need right now, thanks, Chris!
    By the way, this is my blog’s new URL, http://chewonthisblog.wordpress.com

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