DayBreaks for 4/04/16 – The Father Who Refused to Quit
At 11:41 in the morning on December 7, 1988, a 6.8 earthquake struck the northern part of Armenia (part of the Soviet Union at the time). This was in the days of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviets, but the Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev called President Ronald Reagan and asked for help from the United States in the rescue and humanitarian areas. Many people from the US donated money and many others traveled to the stricken area to assist in whatever way they could. When all was totaled up, somewhere between 25-50,000 people died and between 31-130,000 persons were injured.
Typically in such situations, survivors are recovered within the first 24 hours and that was proven true in this disaster. But there was one man who was desperately seeking his young son. Twenty-four hours passed, then 48. Two days turned into three, then four, then five. The rescue teams pleaded with the man to give up and accept that his son was dead, but the father refused to quit looking. Why? Because he was a father.
And so, the father continued to look and search amongst the debris of what had been the school where his child was buried. Finally, after moving some debris and seeing an open space below, he called down his son’s name. In response, he heard several voices. Among them he heard the weak, wavering voice of his child saying, “Daddy! You’ve come! I thought you’d given up!” The little boy was pulled alive from the wreckage, one of only two dozen from the school of hundreds who survived.
A father’s love (or mother’s) is powerful. It drives parents onward when all around them says to quit, to walk away.
Our lives were in ruins before God came to our rescue. We were buried under massive piles of shame, guilt, despair, hopelessness and sin. For some it has taken years or decades before they heard the Father’s voice calling them back to the land of the living.
In spite of the father’s frequent comments to his son that he’d always be there when he need him, the child had given up hope – he was afraid that his father had given up because it had been so long. But that father didn’t give up. Neither does our Father in heaven.
Deuteronomy 31:6 (ESV) – Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. These are the words of Moses to the Israelites just before his death. Jesus made a similar statement in the New Testament to his followers – that he would never leave nor forsake them.
Sometimes it is hard to hope against the darkness. But we have a Father who will never give up.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, I am so very grateful that you have never given up on me – and that you never will! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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