Hope, Love, Pain, Words of Endurance

He Will Never Let You Go

I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, LORD, for you are a faithful God.
PSALM 31:5 (NLT)

I don’t know why but from the time that I was young I have always felt responsible for myself. As I grew older I also felt responsible for everyone else who was in my life – my family, my husband, kids, and friends. I definitely was carrying an unnecessary heavy load – too heavy for anyone to carry.

But to make matters worse, I even felt responsible for God! After I became a Christian, I believed that it was my responsibility to hold on to God – in my own power – in my own strength. When I went through my valley of suffering and I was afraid, I would literally envision my hand desperately clinging to God’s outreached hand.

As I trod through my wilderness though I became weaker and weaker and I began to lose my grip on God’s hand. It was like, one by one, my fingers were being pried away from His – I was terror stricken – what if I did not have the strength to hold on any longer? Where would I fall? … Away from God? … Away from His Grace and Care? … Into the darkness forever?

Soon on my journey, I was forced to face that fear – I reached a point where I did not have the strength nor did I care to hold on any longer. I lost my grip on God and I fell even further into the darkness.

Much to my surprise and amazement was that when I fell I did not fall into dark oblivion but I fell into the loving hands of my heavenly Father! When I least expected it the Lord met me in my darkness and led me into His Light where He saved me.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
PSALM 34:18

If you are in that same place of weakness – where you don’t have the strength to hold on or even cry out to God – please do not lose heart. Please know that He will never leave you, He is close to you and will restore you and make you strong once again. You have His Word on that!

And the God of all grace,
who called you to his eternal glory in Christ,
after you have suffered a little while,
will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 PETER 5:10

On the journey with you,
Jan Dravecky