Endurance for the Journey, Featured, Words of Endurance

Who are you, a mere human being,
to argue with God?
Should the thing that was created
Say to the one who created it,
“Why have you made me like this?”

From the moment you and I become children of God, our Father is constantly molding and shaping us according to His own plans. Some of that molding and shaping we may not like. We may be tempted to ask indignantly, “What are you making?” or “Why did you make me like this?”

We’re especially prone to ask questions like that after we’ve been placed in the oven. Clay isn’t pottery until it’s fired in a kiln, but time spent in the oven is no fun.

But God knows all this. He is both our Father and our Potter, and He is constantly at work forming us into a new creation. And even though some of His pottery seems to shatter into shards, in His hands even broken pottery can be made into something new and whole and beautiful. Our job is to work with Him.

And yet, O Lord you are our Father.
We are the clay, and you are the potter.
We all are formed by your hand.

On the journey with you,
Dave Dravecky


Endurance for the Journey, Featured

Dear Friends, don’t be surprised
at the fiery trials you are going through,
as if something strange were happening to you.
1 PETER 4:12 (NLT)

We may not like the fact that trials are coming, but it sure does help to cushion the blow when we know ahead of time we’re going to be pummeled. I think that is why Scripture is so forthright about predicting affliction for the believer.

It’s not being morbid or wallowing in doom and gloom; it’s simply trying to cushion the blow for us when hard times come crashing through our door. God repeatedly warns us that trials are ahead and not to be surprised when they arrive.

When you see so many similar warnings repeated throughout Scripture, you’d be wise to take note – and be prepared. While it’s true many of these warnings concern suffering of a particular type – persecution for living out the Christian faith – they also apply to any suffering we endure as we faithfully walk with Christ.

I have told you this so that you may have peace in me.
Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.
But take heart,
because I have overcome the world.
JOHN 16:33 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Dave Dravecky