Friday, March 17, 2017


Especially among the young we hear the expression “No way!” as an exclamation of disbelief in hearing something that was declared impossible. The road was closed. It's usually accompanied by a shaking of the head.

On the contrary, in reply you sometimes hear the comeback as just the single word “WAY!” indicating “Oh Yes, it is possible!” That's the way God counters our expressions of sad disbelief and unbelief. God comes up with the one perfect way out of the impossible.

We sometimes encourage hope in one another by saying, “God makes a way where there is no way.” That truth is implied throughout the Old and New Testaments and in the experience of Christians worldwide through the ages. The supernatural comes into play where the natural ends. The Divine Possible begins where the human impossible is encountered. Most Christians can nod heartily to experiencing that in their own lives in times of desperation. In my own life that has proven true time and again. God comes through in some unexpected WAY “out of the blue!”

The Scriptures frequently use the term “the way.” “Way” is used both for a literal journey and a way of living one's life. It contrasts the way of the wicked and the way of the righteous. It is used as a figure of speech for the direction of one's life. The Psalms abound in this use. It culminates in God finally giving us His bottom line in Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In the Gospels it bursts forth in Jesus' declaration, “I AM the WAY and the Truth and the Life.” It is especially significant that the THE WAY was adopted in the early church as the name for the Christian movement itself (Acts 9:2;19:9; 22:4).

God is a Maker of Ways where there are no ways in our personal lives today—in my life and in yours—as well as historically for His people. We limit Him by our lack of faith when we express “No way!” We somehow think that when we've exhausted all of our efforts to bring ourselves through a seemingly impossible situation, that is the end of it. However, when our efforts run out, God begins to work and Philippians 4:13 begins to rev up: “I can do all things through Christ.” The Holy Spirit either whispers or shouts to us, depending on our circumstances: “WAY! Just watch God work!”

Believe it! The Lord might suddenly show up to REscue me in a surprising new way, a fresh angle to the solution, something way out in left field, the better way that He has been planning all along. He was just waiting until we hit rock bottom, come to the end of ourselves, and get out of His way so that He can make that unique way which we didn't even know existed. That's His modus operandi, the WAY God works on what we call impossible things.

Consider Isaiah 40:4 echoed in Luke 3:4,5. God is a Specialist in making rough places smooth and narrow places broad, crooked ways straight, and moving mountains and hills when He takes over my problems—and yours. He is always at work on the impossibles: He brings water out of rocks, creates streams in the desert, ways in the wilderness, feeds multitudes miraculously, and provides angelic guidance by clouds and pillars of fire.

I'm going to work on the spiritual habit of declaring with God “Yes, WAY!” in my hopeless situations. Is anything too hard for Him? Thank You in advance, Lord, for Your road construction work to make a Way even for me. 
I'll get out of Your way as You do Your spiritual "earth moving" right over those impossible deserts where roads can't even be built in the shifting sand, and as You supernaturally blast through the impenetrable rocky mountains of my puny crises. I'm going to watch and cheer You on as You work out that "NEW WAY!” that wasn't even on my radar screen before—because, please, Lord, I'm in one of those puny crises right now! My "mountain" needs to be REmoved and cast into the sea!
  And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it will happen. (Matthew 21:21)

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