Endurance for the Journey, Featured, Trust

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, and am not silent.
PSALM 22:1-2 (NIV)

Most of us can identify with David and his cry of, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” We cry out … and God seems silent. He seems so far away. The key word is “seems.” While our feelings tell us He has abandoned us, our faith insists that He would never do any such thing.

A.W. Tozer helped me understand the roles of feelings and faith. He describes feelings as “the play of emotion over the will, a kind of musical accompaniment to the business of living, and while it is indeed most enjoyable to have the band play as we march … it is by no means indispensable. We can work and walk without music, and if we have true faith, we can walk with God without feeling.”

God didn’t forsake me in the silence. He was teaching me … to have a “true faith” that’s unswayed by emotion. At times I have to walk with Him without the pleasure of music so that my faith will deepen. And when the music returns, its melody sounds all the more sweet.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
when troubles of any kind come your way,
consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
So let it grow,
for when your endurance is fully developed,
you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
JAMES 1:2-4 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Jan Dravecky


Endurance for the Journey, Featured, Perspectives

No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame …
PSALM 25:3

Severe suffering and life-threatening illnesses often cause us to reflect on our lives. We wonder: In what have we been investing our time and energy? Are our priorities in order? What kind of a legacy will we leave behind?

Many people who have suffered are thankful for this sort of reflection, for frequently this is what caused them to reassess their life and change what they didn’t like. Perhaps they found they had been placing their hopes in people or in their career or in financial security. But when the bottom fell out of their life, they realized that their relationship with God is what mattered most.

None of us will ever be sorry for placing our hope in God – that’s the promise of Psalm 25:3. And those of us who have walked the valley of suffering can heartily agree with David that our hope in Him will never be a cause for shame.

They cried out to you and were saved.
They trusted in you and were never disgraced.
PSALM 22:5 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky