Just in case anyone had not paid attention to the tide, a way of escape had been provided.
Recently, my wife and I went for a walk along Weston Shore in Southampton, England. This is a pebble beach, not the sandy, touristy type beach and there was practically no-one else around. At one point the beach was fairly narrow, with not a huge distance between the sea and the cliff face. We were in no danger as the tide was going out and it would have been obvious to an observant person if it had started coming in, but as we walked along the beach, we came across a ladder. Just in case anyone had not paid attention to the tide, a way of escape had been provided. I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (English Standard Version). This verse is dealing with the issue of temptation and the fact that God will always provide a way of escape from whatever temptation you are faced with. I want to look at this from a different angle though, because God not only provides a way of escape from temptation, but from any problem or difficult situation that we could find ourselves in.
Sometimes all we have to do is to trust God and not say anything stupid.
God will never, ever, leave us stranded, He will always provide a way out. Of course, whether we actually use the escape route He provides us, is another thing altogether, but God will always provide one. Hebrews 13:5 in The Message translation declares, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you“. We can be assured that God is always with us and He will always give us a way out – provided that we are prepared to listen to Him. Sometimes all we have to do is to trust God and not say anything stupid. This was the way of escape provided for Daniel and also for his friends Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. All they were required to do was to remain faithful to God, trust Him and not say anything dumb. For example if Daniel had said, “Oh God, that lion looks really hungry“, he would almost certainly have been eaten. If Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego had said to each other, “Are you scared? I don’t want to die“, they would likely soon have been dead. If you think that any words of doubt wouldn’t have mattered, James 1:6-7 disagrees: “You must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord” (New International Version). But all four of them trusted completely in God’s ability to protect them and because of this they emerged from the lions’ den and the fiery furnace completely unscathed (for more on this see my post, ‘An Angelic Security Force‘).
In every situation that you could possibly face, God has a way out for you.
Of course trusting in God’s protection is an active choice, if Daniel or Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego had bravely stood up for what they believed in, but failed to trust God for protection, they would have died as Jewish martyrs and their stories would have been very different. If you think that’s not true, look at all the Christian martyrs throughout the last 2,000 years. It is not just a case of God saving some people but not others, it is because that some people know about and trust in God’s protection and others don’t. The point is, that in every situation that you could possibly face, God has a way out for you, if you will search His Word, pray for wisdom and put into action what He tells you to do. Psalm 40:3, describes, in poetic language, how God will rescue someone who trusts in Him: “He pulled me out of a dangerous pit, out of the deadly quicksand. He set me safely on a rock and made me secure. He taught me to sing a new song, a song of praise to our God. Many who see this will take warning and will put their trust in the Lord“ (Good News Translation). Psalm 91:14-15 makes it clear that the deliverance that God offers is only guaranteed for those who love Him (although that does not disqualify someone who has never even prayed before, from calling out to God), “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him“. Coupled together with Jesus’ definition of what it means to love Him in John 14:23, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” (New International Version), we can see that obedience is absolutely vital for guaranteed success.
No matter how hopeless your situation may seem, you are never without hope.
If you are facing sickness or disease, God has already made of way out through the scourging of Jesus (see ‘Divine Healing Today: Fact or Fiction?‘ and ‘How To Talk When Believing For Healing‘ for a more detailed look at this). If you are deep in debt, there is a way out (see ‘Living Debt Free‘). In any and every situation, there is always a way out. Let me warn you though that it will often seem crazy from the world’s point of view – but then that is typical of God’s way of doing things. As Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord“. Does giving God ten percent of your income (and more on top of that) seem like a good way to escape poverty and become prosperous? Not really, it seems like a good way to get even poorer – but it works (see ‘Tithing – It Doesn’t Apply To Us Does It?‘ and ‘Giving Above The Tithe‘). Does walking round a city, blowing trumpets, seem like a good military strategy? Let’s be honest, it actually seems totally pointless. But it worked for the Israelites, because it was what God said to do. My encouragement to you is this: No matter how hopeless your situation may seem, you are never without hope. Spend time every day in the Bible, seek God in prayer and He will show how you can not only escape the situation you are in, but rise far, far above it.
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