While thousands of climbers have successfully scaled Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, only two people have descended to the planet’s deepest point – the Challenger Deep in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. This trench is approximately 200 km east of the Mariana Islands. In 2009, the Mariana Trench was established as a United States National Monument.
If Mount Everest were to be dropped into the Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile underwater. The crushing water pressure on the floor of the trench is more than 8 tons per square inch. This is 1,000 times the pressure felt at sea level or the equivalent of 50 jumbo jets piled on top of a person.
My favorite underwater world is the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, Australia. It is one of the seven wonders of the natural world with a picture postcard of multicolored fish and coral. When I witness such beauty, I think of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).
So let us picture the love of Jesus as we look at Ephesians 3:17–19: “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
I love the analogy of our sins being cast into the deep. Micah 7:19 says, “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”
God took care of the Israelites by using the depth of the sea to divide the water so they could cross on dry land and then swallow Pharoah’s chariots and his army (see Exodus 15:3–5; Nehemiah 9:11).
The Red Sea has a maximum dept of 9,970 feet in the Central Suakin Trough and an average dept of 1,608 feet. Can you imagine walking on dry land through the sea with a wall of water on either side?
Here are a couple more verses of hope:
“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; Thy judgments are a great deep: Oh Lord, Thou preservest man and beast” (Psalm 36:6).
The psalmist says, “Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me” (Psalm 69:14,15).
We are living in troublous times, but we do know how God led His people in the past and saved them from their enemies. Amazing events are ahead!
“I dwell with pleasure upon the resurrection of the just, who shall come forth from all the parts of the earth, from rocky caverns, from dungeons, from caves of the earth, from the waters of the deep. Not one is overlooked. Every one shall hear His voice. They will come forth with triumph and victory.” Letter 113, 1886.
Wonderful words of comfort. Dear Lord, please make us ready.