Way Out

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Jun 22, 2024

There’s ALWAYS an EXIT. 

Ever notice? The ENTRANCE to a public building may be stunning—with elegant marble pillars, potted plants, and walls of glass. But, the emergency EXIT plan from that same building will likely NOT be out the pretty way. Rather, it will lead out the back of the building, probably through a nondescript safety door with a plain sign: “EXIT.” Purposely inelegant.

According to law, all public buildings must have a proper escape plan and clear exit signage to let people know where to go to leave the building and guide them to safety. Depending on where you live, some exit signs are required to be RED—others GREEN—and still others use the “running man” pictogram. Alternatively, if you’re in the UK, in a station of the London Underground trying to find the EXIT—what you’ll see is something more to the point: a BIG sign with an arrow that says, “WAY OUT.”

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a WAY OUT so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)  

Whatever the situation—whether temptation, turmoil, or tyranny—when we reach out to God, He WILL provide a WAY OUT. An EXIT. Perhaps more than one. For example:

  • When temptation suddenly flares in your face, you may not need to escape it but to extinguish it. Putting OUT the fire, when it’s small, will be easier than finding your way out of a burning building. James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST the devil, and he will flee from you.” Just think! If Eve had used this strategy in the Garden—simply to RESIST the devil—how different things would be for all of us! 
  • OR … if the RESIST strategy fails, another recommended method of escape is found in the story of Joseph. When he faced recurring harassment from Potiphar’s wife—even after submitting to God and repeatedly resisting the sin—his exit strategy suddenly became a simple one: “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!” The Apostle Paul instructs us not to walk, but to “RUN AWAY from sexual immorality [in any form, whether thought or behavior, whether visual or written].” (1 Corinthians 6:18 AMP)

When to FIGHT is no longer possible, FLIGHT may be the next best escape option. But KNOW THIS: there will ALWAYS be a WAY OUT. 

God saw the fiery hardships Israel endured in Egypt, and He heard EVERY cry for deliverance—every desperate “HELP!!” In response, He came to Moses and spoke out of a burning bush, “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel OUT of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10 KJV)  

Moses was Israel’s WAY OUT. The book of Exodus is all about God’s elaborate escape plan. But it wasn’t very pretty.

The WAY OUT of difficulty may not always be as simple and easy as catching the nearest escalator. God may be crafting our escape route out “the back way”—through “the wilderness”—to mature our faith and to train, temper, and strengthen OUR WILL so it will stand strong and endure to the end.  It may not be pretty, but VICTORY seldom comes easy. It’s usually only AFTER a BATTLE. 

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for GREAT JOY. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2–4 NLT)

Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) He IS our WAY OUT. Even if we’re blinded by the smoke of sin, the mere mention of His Name and the memory of His Word opens the escape route from sin’s temptation and tyranny. Every time. In fact, Jesus—Who IS the WAY and the WORD personified—when He was tempted in the wilderness, used THE WORD as HIS own WAY OUT!

“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction … your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘THIS is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:20-21 NIV)  

Dear Jesus: “In thee, O LORD, do I put (ALL) my TRUST: let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in thy righteousness and cause me to ESCAPE: incline thine ear unto me and save me.” (Psalm 71:1-2 KJV)