All safe! All well!

The Philippine Star - - OPINION -

Now faith is con­fi­dence in what we hope for and as­sur­ance about what we do not see. v.1

In Jan­uary 1915, the ship En­durance was trapped and crushed in the ice off the coast of Antarc­tica. The group of po­lar ex­plor­ers, led by Ernest Shack­le­ton, sur­vived and man­aged to reach Ele­phant Is­land in three small lifeboats. Trapped on this un­in­hab­ited is­land, far from nor­mal ship­ping lanes, they had one hope. On April 24, 1916, 22 men watched as Shack­le­ton and five com­rades set out in a tiny lifeboat for South Ge­or­gia, an is­land 800 miles away. The odds seemed im­pos­si­ble, and if they failed, they would all cer­tainly die. What joy, then, when more than four months later a boat ap­peared on the hori­zon with Shack­le­ton on its bow shout­ing, “Are you all well?” And the call came back, “All safe! All well!”

What held those men to­gether and kept them alive over those months? Faith and hope placed in one man. They be­lieved that Shack­le­ton would find a way to save them.

This hu­man ex­am­ple of faith and hope echoes the faith of the he­roes listed in He­brews 11. Their faith in the “sub­stance of things hoped for, the ev­i­dence of things not seen” kept them go­ing through great dif­fi­cul­ties and tri­als (Heb. 11:1 nkjv).

As we look out upon the hori­zon of our own prob­lems, may we not de­spair. May we have hope through the cer­tainty of our faith in the One Man—Je­sus, our God and Sav­ior. – Randy Kil­gore

Thank You, Fa­ther, for the prom­ise of for­give­ness made pos­si­ble by Je­sus. May that prom­ise lighten the dark­est of our days. READ: He­brews 11:8-16 The hope of Je­sus shines brightly even on our dark­est day. Bi­ble in a Year: Isaiah 43–44 and 1 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 2

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