I watched the movie “The 33” recently. It is based on a true story about the survival of thirty three men who were trapped down a mine in 2010.
The men were in the mine for sixty seven days before they were rescued.
It is a film demonstrating Faith, hope, perseverance, overcoming, never giving up, leadership, endurance and brotherly love. The power of unity in families, community and a nation brought about the response in other nations to help.
When the men realised they were trapped down the mine, one man declared “We will be rescued.” He believed the families would not give up. He became their leader and all the others respected him. He did not waver in his belief. Food ran out, some men rebelled, others wanted to give up. He quelled any storms that arose. They prayed the “Our Father” together, the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.
Yes families of the trapped men did not give up on their loved ones. They kept a vigil at the mine and asked the government to help. Many people and nations were involved in their rescue. The whole world looked on. My son told me he remembers watching on TV as each man came out of the capsule.
What struck me was the power of the faith of one man who said “We will be rescued.” His faith moved mountains literally. God responds to faith. God brings the answer despite many, many difficulties.
This story was poignant for me because 2010 was the year I went through my battle with cancer. My family and community believed that I would be healed from cancer. There were many difficulties to overcome, but God responded to people believing I would be healed. I am healed. Yes I was rescued from the grave. Like me those men were rescued from death.
Yesterday was World Cancer Day. My daughter in law rang me. She said, “I was listening to a programme on the radio about cancer.” A consultant, a nurse and a cancer patient were interviewed. Various people rang in to tell their stories about their treatments and how they were coping. She heard how they all suffered.
She said, “I didn’t realise before what is involved in going through cancer. It is a miracle you are healed and you didn’t suffer any side effects from the treatment. Praise God.”
Our Father is God Almighty, who revealed himself to Abraham of old. God promised him a son. Abraham believed God would keep his promise. God said to Abraham “Is anything too hard for The Lord.” Genesis 18 v 14. When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah, 90 years old they had the promised child. They had to wait a long time. God is the same God, yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the God of our forefathers and will be with our descendants to the 1000th generation.
Has God given you a promise? Are you hoping for a desire you have to be fulfilled. Do not give up believing and hoping. Declare what you believe. God will respond to your declaration of Faith. Open your mouth. Like the miner speak out, “We will be rescued.”
He didn’t keep asking God to rescue them. He said “We will be rescued”.