By Steve Higginbotham
January 4, 2006
On Monday, January 2, 2006 an
explosion in my home state of West Virginia, possibly
triggered by lightening, trapped 13 coal miners 260 feet
below ground. For two days, rescue workers worked day and
night in an attempt to reach the miners. Then late on
Tuesday evening, it was announced that 12 of the miners
were alive and only one had perished in the accident.
Families embarrassed each other, church bells rang out in
celebration, and families joined arm-in-arm singing joyous
hymns. Then the unthinkable happened. Three hours after
the intentional announcement, another announcement was
made, stating that 12 of the miners had perished and only
one remained alive in critical condition.
What a tragic mistake. My
heart goes out to the families and friends of those who
lost their lives in this accident. As the news recounted
the terrible mistake that was made, I couldn't help but
think of a few spiritual applications from this tragedy.
- The words of men
are not always trustworthy. Men can
intentionally and unintentionally misrepresent the
truth. Consequently, truth cannot be determined by what
men say, but by the word of God (Romans 3:4).
- Feelings are not
trustworthy. The feelings and emotions
experienced by the families of these miners upon being
misinformed were just as real as the feelings and
emotions they would have experienced if they had been
properly informed. The point is...our feelings do not
determine truth (Proverbs 28:26).
- Imagine the
surprise and devastation experienced by the misinformed
families. Their loss must have been
intensified by being so sure everything was alright when
it wasn't. All hope was taken from them and they were
left with only their surprise and devastation.
Likewise, how many people will stand before the judgment
seat of Christ, assured in their own hearts of their own
salvation, only to hear the Lord say, "Depart from
me...I never knew you" (Matthew 7:21-23)?
As sad and tragic as this
story is, it pales in comparison to the multitudes of
people who will someday be surprised and devastated when
they learn of their eternal destiny. Give it some
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