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The Way of Escape
9/12/2016

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor. 10:13 (NKJV)

History is full of testimonies from people who experienced great escapes. One need only read the book written by Corrie Ten Boom titled, The Hiding Place to see how an estimated 800 Jewish people experienced great escapes to avoid certain death at the hands of Nazi Germany.  Again, we see testimonies of people who narrowly escaped certain death during the collapsing of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. 

The Bible is filled with testimonies of great escapes as well, including the story of the apostle Paul, who at the time was still called Saul. We read in chapter 9 of the book of Acts of how on two occasions people had plotted to kill Saul. On one occasion it was the Hellenists in Jerusalem who threatened his life, and he was able to escape certain death. And in another instance, it was the Jews in Damascus who were enraged at him for proclaiming Jesus to be the Christ. In this particular time, he was smuggled out of the city by being lowered down through the wall in a large basket.

Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. Acts 9:23-25 (NKJV)

I was talking with a friend one day and he shared a story about a helicopter pilot named Ernie Tanner who now oversees heli missions. He shared a story of Ernie’s first flight over the deserts of the Middle East. Ernie had just a few hours of experience, and on his first flight his Hughes 269 helicopter experienced a mechanical failure midflight. He found himself having to do an emergency landing in the middle of the vast desert. As God would have it, there was a remote airstrip right there. 

Thankful to be alive, but stuck in the middle of nowhere, Ernie found a mechanic at this strip and he was able to take a look at the ill-fated chopper. Now finding a mechanic who knew how to service this particular helicopter would have been truly amazing, but finding one who was specifically trained to work on the Hughes 269 was an act of God. And if this was not enough, the mechanic had the very part needed to repair this helicopter.  

Now some could read this story and say, “Boy, Ernie was one lucky camper to narrowly escape death!” And I would say, no he wasn’t; he was in the hands of our sovereign God. I believe God wanted to better prepare Ernie for the path ahead. I believe He wanted Ernie to know He was there, and that He would always be there—no matter how impossible the situation, and no matter what he would face. And I believe it is the same for us.

You see, God is in control of everything—nothing happens by chance, or by luck. God has specific plans for every person, and even though we may have our own plans, it is God who really directs our steps (Prov. 16:9). Knowing this truth should give us great confidence for those times we find ourselves backed into a corner, or seemingly stranded with no hope. It can be a financial crisis in our life, or perhaps a strained marriage or some other type of relationship. The point is the same—God is in control, and He will guide us through safely. 

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,  And delivers them. Psalms 34:7 (NKJV)

When things look impossible, God will provide the exact part needed to fix what appears unfixable. When there is no provision, He will provide.   When we feel we can’t handle what we are experiencing, we can always find a way of escape from the attacks of the enemy. Our Lord is our way of escape, but we need to turn to Him and trust Him completely. We don’t need to understand how everything is going to work—we need to do what we know is right according to God’s word and simply trust Him (Prov. 3:5-7). 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what can we learn about our ability to escape?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking God in those times where you need to escape Satan’s temptation to quit?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord, and ask Him to deliver you today.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your protection and safety. Thank you for Your love. Thank you for allowing me to escape the bondage of the enemy. Father, help me to see the areas in my life where I need to change my actions—areas where the enemy is distracting me from giving myself to You fully. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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