Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Defying Faith in the Flesh

"For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh..." (Philippians 3:3, NIV, Emphasis added)

We who are in the special needs community have a unique perspective on what is unseen due to the circumstances in which we live. Consistently good health, peak physical functioning, and sound mental judgment is NOT where we place our full reliance. If we did, we would lose any shred of sanity!

We know that things don't always go as planned. Medical tests don't offer the expected results. Treatments need to be adjusted. Expert opinions frequently aren't reliable or relevant. Even daily schedules get interrupted because of unexpected, but intermittant emergencies. This is no place to hang our hope!

But in Christ, we have a joy that can be experienced in spite of "the flesh". As King David put it so aptly in Psalm 73:26, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (NIV) We know that our bodies, our minds, our emotions, our faith all fall short at times. We know better than the average person how temporal the successes in the physcial realm can be.

That is why we are called to share our comfort and wisdom in knowing there is so much more than the eye can see. We are commanded to strengthen and encourage others with the eternal perspective that Christ alone provides. Our especially difficult circumstances give us a platform that lends credibility when we speak the truth to a world in need. If we can find strength beyond our fleshly trials, surely it is available to anyone!

1 comment:

  1. My husband has a chronic medical condition and until we learned this lesson, life was daily beating us down. It is true, that God is our strength and He will never fail, no matter how often our bodies may!