“For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them (Ecclesiastes 9:12).”
Isaak Komisarchik, aged 82, was reported missing on July 6th. A large dragnet was dispatched to search for him and posters were put up seeking information on his whereabouts. (1) Nearly a month later a Denver Fire lieutenant answered a call to a parking garage elevator where the elderly man’s body was discovered. The parking garage he entered was closed for renovation but the elevators were still operational. Komisarchik, who may have suffered from dementia pushed the emergency alarm at least twice but no one answer his call for help. A Denver Post article comments, “The fact that Komisarchik pushed the emergency button twice adds a perplexing dimension to the incident. It appears (he) did what he needed to do to get help, yet the closely regulated system for rescuing people trapped in elevators failed.”
Can you imagine the hopelessness that must have set in after realizing help was not on the way? Did no one receive the call for help or did someone disregard the signal reasoning that the premises were closed and it must be a false alarm? Either way, for this man, help never came and he likely died in despair.
There are so many of us who, due to poor decisions or a series of undesirable turns in life, find themselves in a position in which they feel trapped and believe they are past the point of helping. Perhaps they suppose they have fallen into the grip of some addiction, or have amassed debts they suppose could never be paid, or are dogged by the clutches of some guilt that ever pursues them. They are not too far down for their cries to be heard nor to be lifted up by the strong arm of God (Isaiah 59:1) if they would only press that alarm that rings in heaven.
The children of Israel frequently turned away from God and would then find themselves in grave danger and oppression from their enemies. Repeatedly we read that the children of Israel cried out to the LORD and He raised up a deliverer for them (Judges 3:9, 15, 4:3, 5:28, 6:6-7, 10:10-12). Herod arrested Peter and held him in prison with the intent to execute him after the Passover. But the church offered up constant prayer to God and an angel was sent to direct his prison break (Acts 12:1-10). David had many enemies including the King of Israel, Saul, who sought to hunt David and take his life. After the LORD delivered David he spoke these words; “The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and My cry entered His ears (2 Samuel 22:6-7).” These spiritual 911 calls were heard and emergency response was sent out.
Psalm 46 begins, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Eddy Cloer comments that Hebrew phrase “A very present help” carries the idea of being “accessible, fully and immediately, in times of grave danger.” (2)
Certainly, a time will come when our physical bodies will succumb to death and there is no escaping that appointment, excepting Jesus’s return first (Hebrews 9:27). But it would appear that even then at that grim hour we will not be alone. Jesus taught that a beggar named Lazarus died and angels were dispatched to carry his spirit over to paradise (Luke 16:22).
Whatever your circumstances there is hope and God’s power is so great that nothing can overcome His saving hand. He is glorified and takes delight in rescuing those who call on Him (Psalm 106:8, 143:11). Understand that when you realize you cannot rescue yourself He is ever ready and more than able to pull you out and lift you up.
“For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved (Romans 10:13).”
- Eddie Cloer, D.Min., Truth For Today Commentary Psalms 1-50, Resource Publications, 2004, p.636