19 Jun Our Creator
We spent the class period in Abnormal Psychology today learning how to use the DSM-IV. Most of my students had never seen one and were fascinated by all the things that can go wrong with a person’s mind. The DSM-IV is a fairly comprehensive volume listing mental disorders and how to diagnosis someone with a problem. Statisticians tell us one out of three of us will at one time or other in our life exhibit the symptoms of a mental disorder. That seems like a frighteningly high percentage yet when we look at the stresses of modern day life it’s a wonder the percentage isn’t higher. It speaks well for the stability of the average person.
Despite the thousands of years that have passed since our creation and all the genetic defects that could affect us we are not doing too badly. It is a marvelous testimony to the expert handiwork of our designer. There are some who believe after God made us He left us to breed and develop on our own. But Psalm 139 would have us believe differently. Verses 13 to 16 say, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; . . . My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body.”
Our heavenly Father knew you when you were an embryo and a fetus. He knows you now. He knows your dreams and hopes and He loves you dearly.
Written by Roger Bothwell on September 5, 2003
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