No Way Out But Up
No Way Out But Up
No Way Out...
Walking down a hall in the shadow of death
A journey through the very Valley of Death
You stop, you fall and you look about
In the end, there’s a wall and no way out
Look left, look right, can’t see straight
Look left, look right, oh, it’s too late
Trouble looks back
Worry looks ahead
Faith looks up!
I have often been in places in my life that were as bleak as the Israelites' plight before Moses split the Red Sea. When it comes to impossible situations, we must remember that the only way out is up. There is no other way to triumph over the bleak, the impossible, the certain doom than the certain faith in the living "God that raises the dead" and "calls things that are not as though they were" (2Cor 1:9 & Rom 4:17).
We have all been in impossibly bleak situations, "but all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23). What is more, we are more than conquerors over anything external that might come against us even death itself. Paul says, "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will
he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then can condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who
was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding
for us. Who shall
separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or
persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
'For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 8:31-39).
So, let us stand upon the "love of God that is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost"" (Rom 5:5) and live a live of overcoming faith, hope and love. Not even the greatest mountain can get in our way, for, again, "if God is for us who can be against us?" (Rom 8:31)
Let us not forget those who went before us "who stopped the mouth of lions..." (Heb 11:33,) "healed every disease and every sickness among the people," (Mat 4:13,) and turned "the world upside down" according to their enemies (Acts 17:6). We have a "great cloud of witnesses" (Heb 12:1-2,) a "more sure word" (2Peter 1:9,) and love never failing (1Cor 13:8).
Let us walk in triumphant power and victory with joy in our hearts and love for our neighbors because of the glory of God that lives within us. God is good and His promises endure forever. "Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due time, we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up!" (Gal 6:9). Love never failing and never ending shall be our eternal inheritance if we will make it our internal guidance on earth! Hallelujah! Let us walk in triumphant faith and victory, "laughing at the days to come," for we are "clothed with strength and dignity" as the proverbs 31 woman.
So, next time you see a sign in your life like the one up above, entitled no way out, remember there is always a way out if you will but look up!