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No Outlet

September 19, 2017
By Ronnie Plyler

When you drive into our neighborhood, there’s a yellow sign on the right that says “No Outlet.” The neighborhood has about 100 homes, and probably 10 roads within, yet only one way in, and one way out.

In 2nd Kings, there’s a problem. The King of Aram was going to attack Israel; however, Elisha knew of this and told Israel’s king to avoid the area. Aram’s king was so angry with his servants, thinking one of them had told. Yet the servants said…It’s not us…it’s Elisha! He knows things you think and “say even in your bedroom.” (That’s not cool.)

SO…The King of Aram sent horses, chariots, and a great army to Dothan to capture Elisha. They surrounded Elisha and his servant. Therefore, there was “No Outlet.” Elisha’s servant even asked, “What shall we do?” as he knew they were doomed.

Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see." The LORD opened the servant's eyes…he saw; and beheld, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17). Elisha then prayed that the Lord would strike the Arameans with blindness. God did. Elisha and his servant escaped.

What appeared to be no way out was just that! But God, showed a way!

Do you remember when you had no way out of your sins? If you were “saved” as a child, that might be difficult to recall. I knew I needed a Saviour…I knew my sin hurt God…I was deep in sin and needed something to fix the wreck going on inside of me. Praise the Lord there was an outlet! Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved…(Ephesians 2:4,5).

Not sure where you are today or where you’ll be this week…just remember, -there is a way out. He provides!