I woke up a couple times last night thinking about how God, throughout history, has always provided a way out for his people. He’s never left without a plan, although it may seem like it sometimes.
Look at Esther. A little orphan girl named Haddassa. She didn’t grow up as an orphan though, she was rescued by her cousin Mordacai. Trouble still came her way as she was then taken to live in the palace, and later chosen to be queen. I don’t think all that was glamour and wonder for her, yet God used her situation to provide a way out for his people. There was a high ranking official in the Kings palace that wanted to slaughter all of God’s people, Esther, by her bravery and love for God saved them by speaking out to the King. She risked her own life to bring a way out for God’s people.
Moses was just tending his sheep in the field when God intervened and commissioned him to provide a way out for his people. Moses didn’t believe he was up to the task so God provided a way out for him to go alone and asked his brother Aaron to be the voice Moses believed he didn’t have. The two of them went to Egypt and made their way before Pharaoh. They demanded that Pharaoh let the people of God go. Slaves no more! It took some time, a few plagues and then finally God’s people were free to leave Egypt with Moses in the lead. They had their way out.
Peter was stuck in prison and God sent an angel to lead him out. The thief on the cross was dying in pain and regret, Jesus was there to give him a way out. We live in a world of pain, sin, and death—Jesus is our way out. Because of the love of Jesus, we do not have to accept a life of defeat. He died, he rose, and now he sits on the throne of the universe. He has given us an identity of Conquerors. He has named us his very own, adopted into his family forever. His triumph over death is our triumph! He paid the full penalty for our sin, he gave us the way out. He gave us a way to freedom. We, the Church of God, holds the balance of power for this world and individuals through prayer, which is our way out of distress, isolation, loneliness, and pain. Prayer is our lifeline to Jesus, our only source of freedom and hope.
This Easter let us all grasp onto the Way out. Jesus holds the door open to you. He is your Provision, the Light that shows you the Way. He is the Answer, the King of Kings, the Conquerer of death!4