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