Isaiah 43:16, “Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea And a path through the mighty waters…”
From the verse above we see that God introduces Himself as the God who makes a way. This is a very special verse and message for me because God is presently showing me that He will make a way as I continue to process the absence and second birth of my embryonic twin brother!
The Lord is emphasizing to me that despite the difficulty of my present sufferings and despite the options that looks limited in the natural, God is a God who makes a way; even when there seems to be no way. What a blessed truth!
At the point of our text in 586 BC, the Israelites found themselves exiled in Babylonia; their temple and homes destroyed. As the years in exile became many decades, the great question that burned in the hearts of the Israelites was ‘is the situation hopeless?’ ‘Is there a way out of this impossible and difficult time?’ ‘Is there a way home?’ The Israelites’ faith was reaching a breaking point until God stepped in and spoke. He starts in Isaiah 43 verse 15 by saying ‘I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.’ He begins by reminding them that He is YAHWEH – the great I AM! The self existent, active, ever present God.
In short, while in their captive state, God reminds Israel of their past. Here are three things He brings to their remembrance:
- God led them away from trouble (Exodus 13:17-18).
- God led them to a dead-end (Exodus 14:1-3).
- God made a way where there was no way (Exodus 14:13-14).
So, if you are presently in a captive state and you are wandering where is God; look no further. God is with you and with no way back and no way forward, God does what God does best – The impossible! Charles Spurgeon said, “The Lord will make a way for you where no foot has gone before. That which, like a sea, threatens to drown you it will be a highway for your escape.”