You know those disaster movies where no matter h0w difficult and horrifying the circumstances, you just know that in a moment the hero is going to find an unnoticed manhole cover or construct a particle accelerator with pieces of discarded junk and Find The Way Out?
You’ve seen that one?
There’s an escape hatch, waiting. If you can only figure it.
There are many moments in the Bible where exactly that point is made. No matter how stuck you feel in the moral maze of life, no matter how cornered or trapped, God provides a way out.
Here’s one in Second Peter.
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:4)
Having escaped! There’s an escape hatch from the mud and mire of “evil desires.” A way out of your stinking thinking into something fresh and possible.
And here’s one from Paul:
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.
God is the provider of “the way of escape” in the midst of temptation. That’s the promise.
To be perfectly honest, I struggle to believe it! I always intend to be sensible with chocolate (for example) and seldom am. I always seem to fail. And even when I do succeed it doesn’t seem to last. The next failure is waiting at the door, like an aggressive debt-collector.
But I suppose that’s with the things that are uppermost in my mind right now. When I take a moment to look back and think it all through, I begin to see the truth of this verse.
We are in the world where “stuff” happens and there’s no getting away from it. But when you call out to God he always answers you. Always.
Something from the Bible makes you hope again, lifts you out of the doldrums. When you draw near to God and resist the devil, he does flee. And the very battle itself makes you draw near to God and find a new joy in his presence. And we live to fight another day after all, realizing his mercy and grace are new every morning.
Today there’s an escape hatch. You need never be stuck.