I’m sharing my own alphabetical list of some of the infinite attributes of God. This week I’m on the letter D. 

In 2018, twelve boys and their soccer coach entered a cave in Thailand to carve their names on the walls as part of an initiation ceremony. Soon after they arrived in a deep part of the structure, a band of heavy rain came, causing water levels in the cave to rise to flood levels and trapping the team nearly a half-mile under the surface. Two British divers discovered the team almost two weeks after their disappearance but were unable to get them out.

Even as the world heard the news, a massive international rescue effort was mounted. The operation became more urgent as rains continued, and oxygen in the cave fell to dangerous levels.  Their rescue came nearly a month later and involved expert divers who risked their lives to traverse through treacherous passages and near-zero visibility, murky waters. One diver paid the ultimate price as he brought oxygen to the team and ran out of his own air while underwater. Previously trapped because of their own choices and actions, thirteen people were now saved. One by one, the soccer team players and coach were delivered out of the cave and into freedom  —all this through the saving work of their rescuers.

This is a picture of what Jesus Christ does for each person who calls on Him and turns to Him by faith. Many of us spend a lifetime trying to dig ourselves out of our own spiritual pits, caused by our imperfect nature and a lifetime of poor choices and actions—only to find more darkness and no freedom, eternally trapped in a hopeless place. 

Like the diver who exchanged his life for the lives of the boys and their coach, Jesus gave his life for us on the cross. Jesus’ death was the one and only perfect exchange—His flawless life for our flawed and sin-ravaged lives, His death for our eternal life and restored, forever relationship with God the Father.

Two Greek words in the Bible describe who Jesus is and what He does for us:

“Lutrotes”: Liberator!  Jesus is able to set us free from all our spiritual chains. He is the One who paid the ransom for our freedom.

“Soter”: Savior!  Jesus rescues, saves, and preserves our soul in, around, above, under, and even through all that things that threaten to trap or enslave us.

Just as I’m sure there was a point when the soccer team realized they were powerless to free themselves from their predicament, the starting point for our eternal rescue begins by acknowledging that our own efforts won’t save us. We need a Deliverer!

Recently I wrote a song entitled “Rescue Me” that echoes Psalm 69. I’m sure the Psalmist must have felt overwhelmed by life as he wrote:

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck…

I have come into the deep waters;

the floods engulf me.

I am worn out calling for help;

my throat is parched.

My eyes fail, looking for my God…

But I pray to you, Lord, in the time of your favor;

in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.

Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink…”

Psalm 69:1-3, 13-14

Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and spiritually drowning in life. I hope this song encourages you to cry out to God today. He hears you and will answer your prayers.

But asking for God’s help is only the starting point. We also need to welcome our Deliverer, Jesus Christ, and allow Him—day by day—to rescue and take us out of the pits we’re in and bring us into His new life.

I’ve also attached an original song entitled “Setting the Captives Free”.  As you listen to it, I hope you’ll consider trusting in the only One who is able to deliver you out of any bondage and into the fresh air of God’s love and favor.

Jesus alone is able to deliver us out of the spiritual caves in which we are trapped.

The “D’ of my God alphabet is this: God is our Deliverer.

God bless you!

Chris Atkins