Trampling Our Joy

by Richard Mansel
chileanminers2.jpgThe rescue of the Chilean miners fascinated the world. For more than two months, thirty-three miners survived more than 2,000 feet underground. Their resiliency and courage continues to inspire people worldwide.
When the day of their rescue arrived, the scene drew crowds of people who wanted to experience history. The families of the miners waited in tents with the President and other officials as the workers labored to remove the miners.
The first miner, Florencio Avalos, rose up through the ground in the capsule anxious to hug his wife and son. When Avalos stepped out of the capsule, and rushed to his family, pandemonium ensued. Members of the news media rushed forward and “things turned ugly.”
“Reporters pushed and shoved to be the first to interview them, pulling on the hair of those in the way, throwing punches and almost knocking others to the ground. The family retreated, and a frightened-looking Maria angrily hit out at journalists close to her with the Chilean flag bunched in her hand. But the media mob, five-deep, kept advancing, crushing furniture and finally toppling the family’s humble tent. Two Chilean police officers watched from nearby but did not step in.”/1
This tragic episode is illustrative of what Satan does to Christians. The celebration should have been one of exhilaration. Yet, the media tried to ruin in it their selfishness.
We can learn two lessons from this incident.
First, when someone submits to Christ and is baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:27; 1 John 1:7), they come out of the water a new creation (John 3:2-5; Acts 2:47).
However, Satan sends his forces to attack the new convert and bring them back to the dark side (John 8:44; Matthew 13:19). Satan takes the evil of their world and magnifies them to snatch the joy from their hearts. He will trample anyone or anything in his way to accomplish his goals.
Second, when we have good times in our lives, joy fills our heart. However, Satan comes after us again, to dampen our spirits. He cannot stand to see us happy and praising God. He must banish the light from our lives, so dreariness and depression can return (John 8:12).
Knowledge is power and we must always remember that Satan is relentless, but God is greater and his mercy and grace exceeds anything else in the universe.
“Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). Because, “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

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