Isaiah Bible Study Series
Isaiah Chapter 43: God will make a way!
by I Gordon
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 gave it to me during a very difficult time. So the whole focus of this study is to simply say what the Lord emphasised to me during that time - and that is that despite the difficulty of a situation and despite the options that look limited in the natural, God is a God who makes a way. even when there seems to be no way. Blessed truth! I'll probably use a few words to say the same thing, but if you leave this study stronger in your faith that God can do it for you, in your situation, then I'll be content for that is all you really need to know.
When the Israelites began their journey, God specifically lead them in a path where they would avoid trouble and confrontation.
Exodus 13:17-18 tells us 'When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.'
As Israel's journey continues, their God ordained path became more difficult and culminated in a good old fashioned dead end with the sea in front of them and the armies of Egypt behind them! Yet this was all part of the plan of God for He said to Moses
'Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, 'The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.' (Exod 14:1-3)
With no way back and no way forward, God does what God does best - The impossible. He made a way where, naturally speaking, there was no way. '
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."... Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.' (Exodus 14:13-14, 21-22)
God will make a way, Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me
He will be my guide, Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength, For each new day
He will make a way He will make a way
By a roadway in the wilderness, He'll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and earth will fade
But His Word will still remain
He will do something new today
 ↩ Which of course is exactly what God was trying to tell His people (then and now!) at the start of this great chapter in Isaiah. Look again at how this chapter begins. I was going to highlight the really good bits but after doing that it was nearly all in bold so read it again and believe it as a promise for your own life as well for the character and purpose of God towards His people has not changed one little bit in the thousands of years since it was given.
'But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you. "For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place. "Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. "Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, And gather you from the west. (Isaiah 43:1-5)
 ↩ It is always good, when faced with great uncertainly, to remember the way in which He has led you thus far. It may have been a difficult and bumpy road but I bet you can still remember times when God has graciously spoken direction, given comfort, granted courage and strengthen your inner being to pull you through those times. Go on... take a bit of time and think about His leading and strengthening in times past. Might do you good and bring encouragement for today. Instead of being like those who left Egypt of whom it is written:
'Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name, That He might make His power known.' (Psalms 106:7-8)
We should be like the Psalmist Asaph who wrote:
'I shall remember the deeds of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate on all Your work and muse on Your deeds. Your way, O God, is holy; What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your strength among the peoples.' (Psalms 77:11-14)
 ↩ Alright, alright... You see right through me. Probably more to the point is that I can be a lazy writer!
 ↩ I have just planted a nice new persimmon tree in my garden. Initially you need to give them support to get them going. So you plant them in some nice fertilised soil, you support them with a stake against any winds and you give them regular water. You have to for they are young and weak until they get established. It is no different when a person becomes a Christian. God knows this. He knows we are weak and need a lot of help and support. But you can also overdo it. When I purchased the tree the salesman at the garden store said to stake the tree but only to a certain height else the tree will not put down a good root system. He also said that if it is planted in compost only, the roots will only grow to the edge of the compost and no further. Thus, what seemed like a great help to the tree initially can severely weaken and limit its growth later on. The moral of the story you ask? Well, God supports us greatly when we are young Christians but He also knows that to grow, faith, like a muscle, must be exercised. If He continued to make things easy all He would produce is shallow rooted Christians with an inch deep faith. Thus the times when God specifically leads us away from difficulty do come to an end. He wants us to grow and as Israel, and probably you experienced, this can mean some trying times!