2001-02-16 - The Man Lost In A Mine
From time to time I come upon something thought provoking in my reading. Sometimes I share it with the group. I would like to do that again today. This is a story written by D. Hall and published in a journal in 1857. I found it interesting because of the penetrating question he asks toward the end. Not many people write this way today and sometimes we need to ask ourselves these types of tough questions and try to honestly answer them.
A man has lost his way in a dark and dreary mine. By the light of one candle which he carries in his hand, he is groping for the road to sunshine and to home. That light is essential to his safety. The mine has many winding passages in which he may be hopelessly bewildered. Here and there marks have been made on the rocks to point out the true path, but he cannot see them without the light. There are many deep pits into which, if unwary, he may suddenly fall, but he cannot avoid the danger without that light. Should it go out, that mine will be his tomb.
How carefully he carries it! How anxiously he shields it from the sudden gusts of air, from water dropping on it, from everything that might quench it!
Reader, the case described is your own. You are like that lonely wanderer in the mine. Does he diligently keep alight the candle on which his life depends? Much more earnestly should you give heed to the warning, "quench not the Spirit."
Sin makes our road both dark and dangerous. If God gave us no light, we should never find the way to the soul's sunny home of holiness and Heaven. We must despair of ever reaching our Father's house. We must perish in the darkness into which we have wandered.
But He gives us His Spirit to enlighten, guide, and cheer us. In the works of nature, but more clearly in the volume of inspiration, He has made known to us His will. But because we are so sinful as not to see and profit by these signal posts to heaven, He also, by the inward light of the Holy Spirit in the soul, helps us to behold, understand, and obey the truth.
If that light burns dimly, our way becomes more gloomy and perilous. We go astray from the right path. We stumble, and are bruised by sin. Should that light go out, midnight darkness reigns around us. Should it not be rekindled, we are lost forever. We may make use of it, guard it, nourish it; or we may neglect it, despise it, quench it.
Reader, are you cherishing this sacred flame, or are you quenching it? Do not avoid the question. It is of infinite importance.
Soli Deo Gloria,