No matter what we face, God makes a way of escape. You can count on it!
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
The warmth of the sun beat down on my back as I picked my way along the shoreline searching for ocean treasures. Early summer was chilly in Kodiak, Alaska, so I was thankful for the sunshine.
Sea life fascinated me. While studying the tide pools, I discovered several species of sea worms, anemone, snails, and sea cucumbers. Along the sandy, rocky beach I watched rock and hermit crabs, varied clams, sand dollars, and a rainbow of different sea stars, some spiny and others leathery to the touch.
I walked around a huge, odd-shaped rock to another larger tide pool where I picked up seashells. Before I realized, the tide had come in, blocking my way back around the rock. Was I trapped? I panicked until discovering the water was only calf-deep, so I walked through, the tide pulling strongly at my ankles. Later, my son showed me a hidden way of escape.
The experience made me think of other ways a person can become trapped in circumstances beyond our control, such as Paul did while spreading the Gospel of Christ.
“Peter was therefore kept in prison … that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, ‘Arise quickly!’ And his chains fell off his hands.” (Acts 12:5-7)
Our thoughts and emotions also can enslave us. Perhaps we find it impossible to forgive someone, feel imprisoned by a bad habit, or believe we’re unworthy of love. God has promised a way out of any kind of enslavement. “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 Corinthians 10:13)
God’s way of escape may not come with the presence of an angel, as Peter experienced. It can come through God’s wisdom, which we find in His Word. The habit of daily Bible meditation and prayer is perhaps the most powerful way to become free of our imprisonments, whether they’re caused by outside forces or our own doings.
Lord, thank You for providing us with ways of escape, such as through the rock in tide water and through Paul’s imprisonment. Thank You for Your powerful, life-changing Word that can free us of any prison we face. Cause us to long for and embrace Your Word, believing You will give us victory over sin and temptation. In Jesus’ name, amen.