The way out is ‘up’


Are you in an impossible situation today? The Israelites were hemmed in on all sides. The Egyptians were hot on their heels. The red sea stood as a wall before them. There wasn’t a way out. Or was there?

By Heather Djunga

Does their predicament sound familiar? Maybe resources have run out. Or circumstances are tough. Or an addiction is catching up on you. Or you need urgent healing.

It is as it was with the Israelites. The way out is up!

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

When there is no way forwards or backwards or sideways, look ‘up’. Looking ‘up’ means going down… on your knees, before Him, in truth…

This might mean repentance.

It might mean crying out.

It means getting real with God.

He says with prayer and petition to come before Him.

Then – when He brings an answer, to humble yourself to receive it. Sometimes we want it figured out and Jesus answers in a way we don’t necessarily like. Maybe you are expecting an answer as sleek and streamlined as a Boeing 747 and He has sent a hot air balloon. Check your heart and recheck your circumstances. Has the Lord been moving in your life in answer to your prayers already and you have dismissed what He is doing because it doesn’t fit within your box?

Maybe He has asked you to take a step of faith.
For the Israelites, with no way out, going ‘up’ meant an action of faith.

From Exodus 14:vs 15-18: “And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I indeed will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them. So I will gain honour over Pharaoh and over all his army, his chariots, and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gained honour for Myself over Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
Vs 21-23: “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.”

As we spend time in His presence, in praise, in prayer, in fellowship with other believers and in His Word, we become more sensitive to His Holy Spirit and guidance. He is with you in the fire and as the Way, you can approach His throne of grace with confidence in your hour of need, because by His Spirit, He will lift you ‘up’ out of the fire.

“Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26)

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©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.

Author: Heather Djunga

You would die for Him but will you live for Him? What would happen if one person - you - committed to live out loud for Him? ©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018.The creative concepts, drawings and writing on this site cannot be reproduced without the expressed permission of the author and artist

One thought on “The way out is ‘up’”

  1. Great post. Thanks!
    I love this scene — the Israelites, on their own, have a choice to fight an die or to surrender. But God is telling them to go forth. What? Where? Into the amazing hands of God is their only path to salvation. And it is our only path as well. With His grace through the Spirit and the salvation of His Son, our only path to salvation is to go forth, even into the impossible.


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