DayBreaks for 06/07/13 – What God Does in Caves

DayBreaks for 06/07/13 – What God Does in Caves

FROM the DayBreaks Archive and Word for Today, 5/14/2003, copyright by Bob Gass (used by permission):

mammoth-cave …YOU ARE MY ONLY PLACE OF REFUGE…”  PSALM 142 : 5 (TLB)

 “When David told God, ‘…You are my only place of refuge…’, he’d no way of knowing there was a crown in his future or that he wasn’t going to die in hiding. For all he knew, the cave he was in right then might be as good as it would get. When you’re in a situation you can’t sort out, can’t heal and can’t escape, you have to learn to trust God.

That’s not easy, because it means becoming so immersed in God’s Word, so convinced of His goodness, so submitted to His lordship, that wherever you are is fine – so long as He’s there!

Jesus knows all about caves; He suffered too. His life was in constant danger. He lost His position as a leader, His status as a teacher, and even His friends. Then things seemed to get worse; He went to a cross and died. With Him, the dreams He’d inspired in others seemed to die too. What started as a shining success appeared to end up a shameful failure.

Jesus understands your feelings of isolation and loneliness better than anybody, because nobody else ever descended into death the way He did. But His enemies made the mistake of putting Him in a cave. They didn’t know that that’s where God resurrects dead things – like dead hopes, dreams, marriages, ministries, and relationships. They didn’t realize that He does some of His best work in caves! If you’re in one today, be encouraged:

Jesus came out victorious – and His plan is to bring you out, too!

Galen’s Thoughts: Have you ever been in a really deep, dark cave when they turned out the lights and there was no ray of light anywhere and you couldn’t see your hand when it touched your nose?  I have.  I hate the thought of being trapped in a cave like that.  My thoughts go back to the miners who were trapped in the coal mine in Pennsylvania about a year ago and their dramatic rescue.  The darkness would have consumed me.  I don’t think I could have gotten out alive.

I would imagine that David felt the same way from time to time.  Brother Gass makes a great point, though, about caves.  God does great work in caves!  He brought David from the throne of a boulder in a cave to the throne in Jerusalem, he brought Jesus from the cave of burial to the throne of heaven.  God likes to work in the dark.  He’s not afraid of it.  And when we know that we will never be alone in the dark we need not fear it either. 

There are days when you may feel that you’ll never be freed from the cave you are in.  But Jesus does have a plan for you, that you WILL come out victorious someday.  I can’t tell you how, I can’t tell you when, just that it will be so because he’s given his word on it.

PRAYER: For those in caves of despair and darkness right now, Lord, we pray for deliverance and freedom.  Let the light shine into our lives!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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