I cannot imagine doing what this man is doing! Exploring underground caves and caverns is called “caving,” “spelunking,” or “potholing,” and is not for the claustrophobic! The caves with shaft entrances as pit caves or vertical caves would especially be missing from my bucket list! But the draw is strong for those who love exploring what is off the map and true wilderness. To walk into the fear, the dark and the unknown can be a rush when done on one’s own terms.
Today’s verse comes from someone who finds himself in a pit (verse 55) and the prophet Jeremiah is not there on his own terms. He is put there by his enemies. There is no special equipment or preparedness to insure his safety. He calls in desperation on the name of the Lord and God heard his plea for relief. Then comes today’s verse. God came near. God’s presence was the answer to Jeremiah’s fear. His circumstances had not changed but the Lord reassures Jeremiah that HE will take up his case. (verse 58)
There are many reasons I can find myself in a pit. Times are dark when feeling outnumbered by those who mock the Name I love. I can feel vulnerable to subtle attack, knowing that I am in the minority. The darkness becomes especially thick when I doubt that God knows and cares. Fear can be a constant companion when leaving God out. But with assurance of His presence, both the darkness and the fear flee. He answers my cries. He responds to my pleas for help and takes up my case. Wickedness may surround me but will never overwhelm as He will right every wrong and bring final justice!
Thank you Lord, for calming every fear.