Endurance for the Journey, Featured, His Word

But your dead will live;
their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in the dust,
wake up and shout for joy.
ISAIAH 26:19 (NIV)

What a promise God gives us here in Isaiah 26:19! With new bodies, we are headed for heaven!

We have a permanent home waiting for us in a land where “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). God will no longer seem to be a resident of a far-off place, but He Himself will live among us (Revelation 21:3) and will wipe every tear from our eyes.

We will drink without cost from the spring of the water of life (Revelation 22:17) and will give overflowing thanks that the old order of things has passed away, never to return and trouble us again.

But someone may ask,
“How will the dead be raised?
What kind of body will they have?”
What a foolish question!
When you put a seed into the ground,
it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first.

It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead.
Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die,
but they will be raised to live forever.
Our bodies are buried in brokenness,
but they will be raised in glory.
They are buried in weakness,
but they will be raised in strength.
They are buried as natural human bodies,
but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:35-36,42-44 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Jan & Dave Dravecky


His Word, Words of Endurance

And the Lord told Moses,
“When you arrive back in Egypt,
go to Pharaoh and perform all the miracles
I have empowered you to do.
But I will harden his heart so
he will refuse to let the people go.”

The first time I read the words “I will harden his heart,” I realized that God has more power and control over human lives than we often think. Although Pharaoh hardened his own heart during the first five plagues, God confirmed Pharaoh’s willful action by hardening Pharaoh’s heart in the remaining plagues.

Here’s what occurred to me as I considered that concept: When I’m struggling with issues in my own heart, issues I feel powerless to change, I need to remember that God can influence and even change the human heart. But I have to ask. I have to surrender. And ultimately, I have to trust that God will do it in his own time.

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
PSALM 51:10 (NLT)



Healing, His Word, Hope, Pain, Words of Endurance

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
PSALM 119:105

I have told you before that it has been my experience when I am in that dark valley on my journey that I cannot “feel” God’s presence. While I may not sense God’s presence during those dark times I thank God that I have His Word. God’s Word has been the light that has led me out of every dark valley.

If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
PSALM 119:92

One dark day during my darkest depression, I became angry with God – I could not feel or sense His presence – I felt alone – my emotional pain was great. I shouted to Him that I was going to turn from Him and turn to the world. I desperately wanted relief from my pain.

As I turned to walk away from Him, I began thinking about what I would choose to relieve my pain. The world offered many choices – food, drugs, alcohol, an affair, material goods, entertainment of all kinds, etc – take your pick. The only problem? Oh, each choice would take away the pain temporarily but I would still wake up the next morning with the same pain – with nothing changed.

I realized that the only tangible thing I knew in life that offered me eternal relief from my pain was the Word of God. I understood what Simon Peter meant when he was given the choice to leave Jesus. He said to Jesus:

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
JOHN 6:68

Simon Peter knew and had witnessed the Truth – he had no choice but Jesus. I had no choice but to turn the Word of God – I, too, knew it was the Truth. His Word led me out of my dark valley – His Word will lead you out of yours. His Word – The Eternal Light that shines in our darkness.

In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
JOHN 1:1-5 (NLT)

On the journey with you,
Jan Dravecky