It has been close to a month now since twelve soccer players and their coach were rescued from a cave in Thailand. Did you watch the news coverage? The soccer team entered the cave simply to explore and enjoy each other’s company after their practice on June 23, 2018. Quickly the story changed. After the team entered, a monsoon began to fill the cave with water trapping them in a cavity with an air pocket.
The soccer team was trapped nearly 2.5 miles from the mouth of the cave. The only way out was to swim most of the distance. The team was trapped in complete darkness without food and water. As the rescue team began pumping water from the cave, the suspense of the story deepened. The team was experiencing a dangerous lack of oxygen and the threat of more monsoon rain caused the rescuers to come up with a more immediate plan.
The whole world focused on the mouth of the cave as rescuers entered the cave to bring some of the boys out. After hours of waiting, out of darkness came two rescuers and three of the soccer players. This happened very early one morning, and when I woke up I watched the reactions of those standing around the mouth of the cave. Some were family and friends, and some just came to see something miraculous. As the boys were carried out of the cave cheers erupted and crying commenced. There was clear joy coming from the crowd, and it was also very clear that the boys were joyful to be rescued.
In the next couple of days, all of the remaining team members were rescued, including the coach. This made me consider what it means to be rescued. Psalm 71:1-2 says, “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me!” David is calling on the name of the Lord, showing his dependence on the Lord to rescue him. In verse one, David is calling on the Lord to let him not be ashamed of his dependence on Him. While others were looking to other sources for rescue, David focused on the Lord only.
We see that in verse two the Lord delivers on His promises to rescue because of the Lord’s righteousness. God is faithful to deliver those in darkness and in need of rescuing. If you are not in Christ, then you are still stuck in your “cave”. You need to call upon the name of the Lord and put your hope and trust in Him for your rescue. But if you are in Christ, then you are a rescued people. You were once deep inside a dark cave. You were miserable, and you looked for hope in other things, but Christ saved you! You put your trust and hope in Christ and because the Lord delivers on His promises - He rescued you!
If you are rescued today, then let’s celebrate like rescued people! Let’s celebrate like the Thai soccer team as they exited the dark mouth of that cave into the light! If you have been rescued today, tell someone else about how God rescued you. Let’s be a people that look to Christ as our rescuer and tell the story of how He changed our lives.
In Christ Alone,
Alex Bode 8-8-18