by Tim Hall
The plight of 33 men in Chile illustrates our own dilemma.
Perhaps the fact that my father was a coal miner has sensitized me to the story out of Chile. Maybe my amateur explorations of undeveloped caves help me feel for those men.
From the moment I first heard the story about 33 men in Chile trapped in a mine since August 5, I’ve kept up with the reports.
Efforts to rescue the men are proceeding around the clock. For a time no one was sure they were even alive. Now we know that they all survived the entrapment, but we also know that it will take months to free them.
Keeping those men alive until the deliverance can happen is a monumental challenge.
Deliverance, as all will admit, is not a certainty. Yes, great effort is being expended and experts from around the world have offered their wisdom on how to proceed. But keeping those men fed, hydrated and sane for several more weeks will not be an easy task. Deliverance may happen, or it may not.
Those whose spiritual eyes have been opened know that we are looking for deliverance on a grander scale. The world in which we live is badly marred by sin and mankind has incurred the wrath of God by disobedience.
What will be the result of this spiritual rebellion? “… a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries” (Hebrews 10:26,27, NKJV). Sooner or later the roof will fall in, and guilty sinners will be swept into everlasting destruction (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
There is hope, however. God saw our dilemma and did not abandon us in our earthen tomb. The provision he made is “… his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).
That wrath will fall upon sinners. But Jesus can deliver souls from such misery. That deliverance is certain.
God’s ability has already been demonstrated on a smaller scale. He “delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked” (2 Peter 2:7). Living in a city doomed by its depraved inhabitants, Lot was nonetheless rescued before the fire and brimstone began falling.
Hear the testimony of Paul, if you still doubt God’s ability to rescue: “Who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that he will still deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).
Pray for the miners trapped underground in Chile and for those trying to deliver them. But Jesus doesn’t need our prayers because “he is able to deliver thee!”
by Tim Hall