How many times have I heard it said that “God will make a way”? Thousands of times I’m sure, as have many of you. I’ve used the statement hundreds of times myself when consoling someone or trying to offer hope in a desperate situation.

But what are we really saying when we tell someone that ‘God will make a way’? Are we telling the person that whatever their situation, God will move in their favor? Are we telling them that the rent money will show up somehow or another? Are we telling them that a job is finally coming their way? If in fact that is what we are doing, how do we know for certainty that God will make a way?

Can the statement ‘God will make a way’ be supported by scripture? That’s a great question, and one worth investigating. The answer is that is there are exactly two verses in all of scripture (KJV) that declares ‘God will make a way’. In 1st Corinthians 10:13, the apostle Paul says this: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”. The second example is found in Isaiah 43:16: “Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters”.

Did you notice anything in particular about those two verses? Here’s a little hint. Neither of them speaks of receiving a financial blessing, or any other materialistic gift. What they speak to is that in the midst of temptation, God will make a way for you to be able to endure that same temptation! When all around you are the rising flood waters of despair, God will make a path through those waters for you.

Think about that last paragraph for a few moments. Whenever the Lord came to the rescue of Israel, it was because they were in trouble. God did not come until they needed his help! In other words, it is true that God will make a way. We have an entire Bible full of examples of this. He is not, however, a genie that we can summon at our command so that he can present to us everything that is on our wish list.

So, what has to happen for ‘God to make a way’ for us? The first thing that has to happen is we must call upon the Lord. The battle is His, after all. Secondly, we have to trust Him. That means we are trusting completely in His Sovereignty to bring deliverance in the manner of HIS choosing, not ours. If you’re like me, there are few things more challenging than letting go of the issue and giving it to God. Yet that is what He demands from us: our complete trust and faith in Him.

If you are dealing with an impossible situation, give it to God. If your back is against the wall and there’s no way out, give it to God. If the Dr. has said there is nothing more I can do, give it to God. In the midst of it all, He will make a way that you might be able to bear it.

You are loved!