God Often Displays His Glory In Human Physical Defects

Sadly, children born with physical defects make some people uncomfortable. Even more heartbreaking is the reality that this discomfort often turns to disgust and drives people to abort/murder their innocent children on account of physical problems (See Mother Throws Disabled Child to His Death From Building and Response to Infant’s Murder Reveals Society’s Double Standard).

However, the idea that some people are lesser because they have physical deformities is a lie refuted by Jesus Christ himself. In John 9, we learn of a blind man who Jesus healed, but not before correcting His disciples’ mistaken idea that the man was blind because he or his parents had sinned:

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)

Through these words, Jesus informed his followers that not all physical ailments are punishments from God. Rather, he taught them that physical disabilities are often used by God as amplifiers for His glory (John 9:3).

We cannot begin to understand the high and lofty purposes of God in such situations. God alone knows how to bring Himself the most glory, so we must rest in His sovereignty, knowing that no matter the amount of our physical imperfections, we are nevertheless “skillfully wrought” by His hand (Ps. 139:15).


Noe Medina, those society deems as the “least of these” — precisely because they remind us of Jesus’ teaching that God’s glory is often more beautifully displayed when we are at our weakest.

Matthew 25:40
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’(NKJV)