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God Will Make a Way

     Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt and they camped by the Red Sea.  But Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, followed them and noticed that they were camped by the sea.  There was no way for them to escape his army.

Exodus 14:9
   But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

   The children of Israel were trapped.  Now watch the three different responses to this situation:

Exodus 14:11-12
   And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness?  wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
   Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

   The children of Israel, when faced with this situation, reacted with fear and they blamed the man of God.  Their response: Let us go back to slavery and serve the Egyptians.

Exodus 14:13-14
   And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
   The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

   Moses' response to the situation was: Fear not.  Stand still and watch God fight for you!

Exodus 14:15
   And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

   The children of Israel said: "Let's go back;" Moses said: "Stand still and watch;" but God said: "Go Forward!"  God parted the Red Sea and the children of Israel crossed on dry ground.  The Egyptians followed and were drowned in the sea.  When faced with a "no way out" situation the response of fear is to quit.  Some might try to "stand their ground."  But God can make a way where there is no way.  We need to learn to trust God and move forward with His help.  Lets look at another "no way out" situation.

II Kings 6:14-15
   Therefore sent he [The king of Syria] thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: [to capture the man of God]: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
   And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed
the city both with horses and chariots.  And his servant said unto him, Alas my master!  how shall we

   The servant of the man of God looked at the senses situation around him and was devastated.
How can we ever survive?   This king has sent a great army and completely surrounded the city just to get the two of us.  We are dead.  But Elisha had a different point of view.

II Kings 6:16-17
   And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
   And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.  And the
Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

   God and you make a majority in every situation. God can make a way where there is no way.  God caused the king of Syria to have his understanding blinded and Elisha led him out of that city to a place where the king of Syria and his army were surrounded by the army of the king of Israel.

   Remember this one:

Daniel 3:19-21
   Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
   And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
   Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

   This certainly looked like a no way out situation.  But remember what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego told Nebuchandnezzar in verse 17:

Daniel 3:17
   If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

   And as the record tells us, God sent His angel and kept these three believers from all harm even though they were actually thrown into the fire.  God made a way were there was no way.

   How about looking at a situation that the Lord Jesus Christ faced:

Luke 4:28-29
   And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
   And rose up, and thrust him [Jesus Christ] out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

   Once again, it looks like a no way out, life and death situation.  But God makes a way where there is no way.

Luke 4:30
   But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

   Jesus simply walked out of the situation.  He walked right through the crowd and went on his way.  If God can deliver believers from these life and death, no way out, situations, what about our problems?  Surely God can and will make a way for us as well.

Romans 8:32
   He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

  God gave His only son for us.  He will also freely give us that which we need to live as more than conquerors in every situation.  He will make a way where there is no way!

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