You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. – Psalm 71:20
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains. – Psalm 95:4
This past week we were privileged to witness one of the most amazing rescues I can recall. Thirty-three miners escaped from the depths of the earth (the story is told in the movie, The 33). I don’t know for sure, but someone said that when they came to the surface, they were wearing shirts that had Psalm 95:4 stenciled on their back. These 33 men endured great anguish and fear yet came through their ordeal with a perspective that is amazing.
There are so many rich lessons for us to grasp in this event:
As Psalm 139 says, there is nowhere either above or below the earth that He cannot be found. And one of the miners said that God was in that time and place, as was the devil, but God won. He always does – and always will!
I thought about being “re-born” to a new and living hope. Surely these men can now read those words with renewed appreciation.
I thought about how God has translated us out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His Son…and how the miners had been in the mines for so long that they had to wear sunglasses even at night when they came up out of the mine into the light.
The joy that they and their loves ones experienced is certainly understandable! These men, as good as dead, were alive and could live “normal” lives. The joy that swept the world at their survival – even the joy that filled my own heart at their rescue – was powerful and strong. But there is an even greater miracle, an even greater reason for joy that we have as Christians: we have been saved by the grace of God!!! Did those miners deserve being rescued, being saved? I don’t know if “deserved” is the right word – but because they were humans, the efforts were made. God made a far greater effort and had to span a distance far greater than 2050 feet in order to rescue us from a death that was every bit as certain (even more certain, as it turns out!) than the miners faced in the dark bowels of the earth. Why should our joy be any less? Why don’t we react to our salvation with the same wild abandon as those miners?
It is a question worth pondering. Perhaps it’s because we don’t really believe we are bad enough to deserve eternal punishment. Perhaps it’s because we have never considered ourselves as good as dead. Maybe it’s because we haven’t begun to grasp the life that God has given us. Maybe it’s all of the above and other reasons, too. I’m ready to begin celebrating my salvation more than I have in the past, and I hope you will, too.
PRAYER: Thank You, Father, for seeing fit to spare the lives of the Chilean miners! We rejoice in the new lease on life that they have been granted. Help us to come to a far greater appreciation of what YOU have done for us than we have ever experienced before! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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