Never underestimate the power of a father’s love. On December 7, 1988, two massive earthquakes in Armenia killed nearly 30,000 people in four minutes. Arman was in school when the earthquake struck. His father rushed to the school to find the building had been completely destroyed by the earthquake.

Suddenly the father remembered a promise he had made to his son. He had told him, “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” The words drove him to the spot in the building where his son’s classroom was located. He started digging with all his might. Soon other parents came to the scene of the catastrophe; but as soon as they saw the damage, they gave up hope. Long after everyone else had left, the man stayed behind and kept digging.

After 38 hours of digging, the father heard his son’s voice. He said, “I’m here. I told the other kids not to worry. I told them that if you were alive, you’d save me and when you saved me, they’d be saved, too. You promised, Dad. No matter what, you said, ‘I’ll always be there for you!’ And you’re here, Dad. You kept your promise!”

A good father will keep digging, no matter how great the odds may be against him. This is the love God has for His children. We may be buried in sin, bad circumstances, or a pit our enemies have dug for us (or one we have dug for ourselves); but God keeps digging. He will stop at nothing to rescue us. How do we know this to be the truth? Just look at the cross. When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6. Knowing we are loved means we can hold on to hope.

Perhaps you have fallen into a figurative “pit.” You are buried beneath the weight of overwhelming difficulties around you. You have shared your burdens with others, but no one cares enough to help dig you out of the hole. It is a dark, miserable place, and you feel alone and forsaken. God knows where you are. Even now, He is digging through the rubble to reach you. He loves you too much to leave you there.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder