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October 23, 2018

Three Ways God Will Make a Way: Part 1

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

How does God make a way where there seems to be no way in our lives?  The Psalmist gives us perspective when we find ourselves in a helpless and hopeless situation.  When we feel discouraged and stuck and we don’t know what to do, he says,

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

If I may paraphrase that verse, I believe he is saying to refocus.  Quit looking at the problem and how insurmountable it seems and lift up your eyes to the one who created the mountains, the Maker of heaven and earth!  That is a position of prayer. Too often, we approach life and our problems from our own strength or ability to handle whatever comes our way. We pride ourselves in being “self-made men.”  The trouble with self-made men is that they begin to worship their creator – themselves.  Then God, in His wonderful love and grace, allows a problem in our lives too big for us to handle.  It’s only when our head is down and we don’t know what to do that we are in a position to lift up our eyes to Him!  If you need the Maker to make a way where there seems to be no way, begin with prayer.  Pray for the Maker to make a way!  Just pray, “Maker, make a way.”

Isaiah, the prince of prophets in the Old Testament, give us some perspective and insight into God’s power when he writes, 

“This is what the LORD says – your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:  I am the LORD, the Maker of all things, who stretches out the heavens, who spreads out the earth by Myself.”  Isaiah 44:24 (NIV)

He is saying, “Remember, I made you!”  The problem with many of us is that, instead of trusting in the Maker of all things, we put our trust in the things He has made.  I can imagine God saying to us, “If you think the things I’ve made are wonderful and awesome, just consider Me, the Maker of all things!”  Have you been focusing more on the things God has made than on God Himself?  It’s so easy to make an idol out of the things God has made and lose sight of the Maker.  An idol is putting what God has made ahead of Him.  We can do that in marriage. We can expect our mate to fulfill our lives and provide for all our needs.  That’s an unfair position for anyone.  There is only one Savior, and it isn’t our spouse.  Only Christ can fulfill that role in our lives.  The Psalmist tells us,

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.  When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.  Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – He remains faithful forever.”  Ps. 146:3-6 (NIV)

Maybe it’s time to refocus and lift up your eyes to the Maker of all things.  Pray for the Maker to make a way and put your trust in Him alone.  Tomorrow, we will look at two other steps we can take for God to make a way where there seems to be no way in our lives.