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Rescued from the Pit

On June 26, 2023, Arick Baker, a 23-year-old farmer from New Providence, Iowa, went down into an 80,000-bushel grain bin to remove some rotten corn.  He was trying to unplug a hole so corn could pass through.  Suddenly, an air pocket collapsed, and he was sucked down and engulfed in about 22,000 bushels of corn. Ten seconds later there was two feet of corn above him.  No one was around to help.  Iowa Falls emergency dispatchers received a call and sent out a crew.  As firefighters removed grain from around Baker, more grain took its place. They had to cut holes into the sides of the bin so grain would fall out.  Miraculously, Arick was rescued from his grave of grain by the hard work of the responders and because he was wearing a ventilation mask.


           In the book of Genesis, we read about Joseph who was unjustly accused of attempting to rape his master’s wife.  Potiphar had him thrown into the dungeon.  Lied about and unjustly accused, Joseph found himself in a horrible pit due to no fault of his own.  However, we read that Joseph wasn’t alone in the pit.  Gen. 39:21 says: “But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy…”.  God had not forgotten Joseph.  He was right there with him in the pit.  God graciously rescued Joseph out of the dungeon and allowed him to find favor with the warden.

When David was in a pit, he said in Ps. 40:1-2: “I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps”.

            Have you ever found yourself in some kind of pit?  It may be a pit of a sinful addiction, or the pit of depression, or perhaps the pit of abuse, loneliness, or grief.  God gives some amazingly good news for His precious pit people.  Not only does He promise to be with us, He is also in the business of rescuing us from our pits.  Reach up to Him today!

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