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A Fleeting Shadow

“Shout that people are like the grass.
Their beauty fades as quickly
as the flowers in a field.
The grass withers and the flowers fade
beneath the breath of the Lord.
and so it is with people.
The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the word of God stands forever.”
ISAIAH 40:6-8 (NLT)



When Job found himself in the middle of his calamities, he cried out, “Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” (Job 14:1-2)


Our bodies are frail things. I remember that every time I look in the mirror and see empty space where my left arm and shoulder ought to be. Our bodies are fragile – not a terribly encouraging thought is it?


Yet this is the very reason we can depend upon God for His help. As the psalmist said, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him; for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.” (Psalm 103:13-14)


Never forget that while God knows we are “dust,” He treats us as His “children.” Rather than sweep us out of His house, He has promised to sweep us up in His arms.


And we believers also groan,
even though we have the Holy Spirit within us
as a foretaste of future glory,
for we long for our bodies
to be released from sin and suffering.
We, too, wait with eager hope for the day
when God will give us our full rights
as his adopted children,
including the new bodies he has promised us.
ROMANS 8:23 (NLT)



On the journey with you,
Dave Dravecky

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Endurance for the Journey, Featured

Why Me?


If I have sinned,
what have I done to you,
O watcher of men?
Why have you made me your target?
Have I become a burden to you?
Why do you not pardon my offenses
and forgive my sins?
JOB 7:20-21 (NIV) (WORDS OF JOB)



When I first learned I had cancer, I did not ask, “Why me, God?” But don’t get the wrong impression; it isn’t bad to ask that question. The Bible is full of people who, at some time or another couldn’t make sense of life and came to God with their questions. Job is one such example: “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?” (Job 10:8). “If I have sinned, what have I done to you O watcher of men? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you?” (Job 7:20)


Those questions were asked by a great man of faith. God himself said of Job, “There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright.” (Job 1:8) And yet he came to God asking some very strong, straight forward questions. It is not wrong to ask questions.


“The minute we begin to think we know all the answers,
we forget the questions, and
we become smug like the Pharisee
who listed all his considerable virtues,
and thanked God that he was not like other men …
Those who believe they believe in God,
but without passion in the heart,
without anguish of mind,
without uncertainty, without doubt,
and even at times without despair,
believe only in the idea of God,
and not in God Himself.”
MADELEINE L’ENGLE



On the journey with you,
Dave Dravecky

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