Is 43: 16. Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters
I won’t go into the funny way in which this scripture came to mind, but the premise of the verse is that God has made a way. I know that numerous times He has made a way for me when it seemed like defeat or destruction was imminent. I know that if you take a few minutes and think about your own life, you will have to admit that God has made a way out of no way for you too. I just want to leave you with these two quick thoughts.
- God is willing to speak into our situations. “Thus says the Lord.” A word that is not often thought about is the word Thus. Webster’s defines it as “as a result or consequence of this.” So, the beginning of this verse is saying that; when the Lord speaks there is a result or consequence. When God speaks into our situation, the result or consequence of that situation changes. God has spoken His word into numerous situations that have been documented in the Bible. Therefore, we all have example after example to reflect, receive and stand on when we need God to speak into our situations. God has and will continue to Make a Way for us and as a result our situation can and will change.
- God’s path is not always visible to us, but it is our best path. “who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters.“ I love how specific God is when He used men to pen this bible. God uses the mighty waters of the sea to illustrate something powerful. I’d like to think that my 20 plus years of military service in the Coast Guard and two tours at sea have given me a perspective of this text. Now many people have gone swimming at the beach and I’m sure that while enjoying themselves they felt like surviving in the sea was easy. I thought the same until my first trip at sea. We had what we called “a swim call” in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We would stop the cutter and allow the crew to jump in the ocean and swim. What I found out very quickly is that although the water looked very calm, once you’re in it the sea the waves are nearly 8 to 10 feet. In that type of water, it’s difficult to stay afloat and very difficult to get where you’re trying to go. What you also quickly realize is that regardless of where you are in the sea, it is difficult to navigate by sight. Therefore, when Isaiah says of God, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, he understands that we cannot see any path in a sea. So, when God makes a way, we can’t always see where that way or path is. Any captain of a ship can attest that regardless of what your track line (path) is you cannot look out into the water to see it you must trust your instruments to remain on course. God is willing and ready to Speak into our situations and make a way for us. However, it’s our responsibility to trust God when He speaks and know that although we cannot see the path, it is there.