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God is the potter, we are the clay. God is infinite, we are finite. God is all-powerful; we are limited in strength and ability. God is faithful; we are unfaithful and inconsistent… irresponsible, fractured and so often confused. The point is clear: we may be a lot of things but sovereign is not one of them! Another observation is : Disputing is a waste of time and effort. C.S. Lewis said it well, “To argue with God is to argue with the very power that makes it possible to argue at all.”

Does a clay pot dare to argue with its maker, a pot that is like all the others?  Does the clay ask the potter what he is doing? Does the pot complain that its maker has no skill?  Does anyone dare say to his parents, “Why did you make me like this?”   The Lord, the holy God of Israel, the one who shapes the future, says: “You have no right to question me about my children or to tell me what I ought to do! I am the one who made the earth and created mankind to live there. By my power, I stretched out the heavens; I control the sun, the moon and the stars.”  (Isa. 45:9-12)

(Adapted from `Living On The Ragged Edge’ by Charles R. Swindoll)

Food For Thought

Most of the time, suffering is a profound mystery that has puzzled man since immemorial. Jobs of the Old Testament had asked God for a valid and reasonable answer why he had to suffer so much. `Why me, Lord?’ Jobs did not deserve to go through terrible suffering like the loss of his great wealth, the total destruction of his family, and other adversities. He did not deserve to go through such extensive chronic suffering because he believed that he was a good man. Yet he endured his suffering patiently and blessed the Lord at the end of the day. Jobs had searched for satisfactory and reasonable answers to his suffering but God gave him none. Eventually, it dawned on Jobs that suffering was a profound mystery and he had to accept that there was simply no answer to suffering.

The story of Jobs has provided an answer to your suffering especially when it is related to shame and gossips caused by other people. So don’t blame yourself automatically for all the things that cause you so much suffering. Some of  your healing may depend upon knowing  that usually it is not your fault when tragedy strikes or when others hurt you.

Remember that the most important thing about a problem is not its solution, but the strength, wisdom, patience, humility and compassion you gain in finding the solution.

Submitted by Philosaiki


Author: eurekaimpact

David YKK has a degree in History & Education specializing on the History of Asia with special focus on comparative religions i.e. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism etc. He has experienced a wide range of emotional sufferings from childhood until very recently. He wanted to use his extensive experiences with low wounded self-esteem combined with insights and strategies derived from many other psychological and spiritual books to help other victims to build their own bridges to transcend their pain, shame and emotional helplessness. In overcoming most of these problems, he has not consulted any psychiatrist because he is convinced that the answers to unlock his serious emotional problems lie in crafting his own keys to open the doors of the dungeon cells from inside. More importantly, he believes in himself- in his integrity & in the philosophy of showing compassion for self and for others as well as trust in the unconditional love of God. Being a teacher and writer, David believes that every human being is creative enough to use the tools & raw materials (meaningful and practical info) to craft their own keys to open the doors to their dungeon cells that have trapped them inside. So he proposes to provide the tools and raw materials from his own extensive experiences and seven years of reading and research from many psychological and spiritual books. Since no two human beings are the same, every reader must use his/her discretion and judgment to select & apply what is meaningful and effective for their own recovery. If necessary, readers are strongly advised to consult their doctors or counselors whose professional training will definitely be beneficial for their recovery. At the end of the day, it is the suffering victim who must lift his/her own hands to pull himself/herself out of the ruts to go on living a life that God wants him/her to live. Nobody else can do this job of rebuilding his/her wounded life. The reality is that the victims must be the authors who must take the ultimate responsibility of writing the scripts of the future chapters of their lives. The articles in his blog are carefully considered and blended from his own personal experiences and insights derived from various books and internet articles with the primary intention of helping himself and other shame-victims to build practical and meaningful stepping stones to cross the deep chasm to become wholesome human beings. The author hopes that he can make a positive difference in the lives of some suffering souls who are looking for some light in their pitch-black tunnels. David realizes that he can’t do it alone because the doors to other people’s souls are sacrosanct and sacred. He believes in the power of the grace and unconditional Love of God that can bring about inner healing and happiness for the victims who are open in their hearts and minds to be aware of God’s love.

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