God Will Make a Way
September 16, 2007
INTRODUCTION: Isaiah 43, records God's past, present and future deliverances of Israel. In (vv. 16, 17), He reminds them of how, in the past, He had delivered them from Egyptian bondage: "Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;  Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow."
Then in (vs. 14), God looks to the present, concerning Israel's captivity in Babylon. He already had it in His plan to destroy the Babylonians, who had taken them captive: "Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships." History tells us that God sent the Persians and Medes, under King Cyrus, to conquer Babylon and liberate His people, Israel. Can we see how God always makes a way?
So we see examples of How God delivered His people in the past and in the present, but now, in (vs. 19), we have something new: "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." This promise reaches forth to the Kingdom blessing, when Israel will be in the land, never again to be removed. Isaiah 62:3-4 declares, "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.  Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."
In (vv. 5, 6), He reassures them, "Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth."
Isn't that just like God to always make a way for His people? In our message this morning, I would like to use Israel as an example of how "God Always Makes a Way."
I. The Love Story
II. The Master Plan
III. The End Result
I. THE LOVE STORY
Notice, please, (vs. 4a), "Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee."
The reason God continued to make a way for Israel was because of His love for them. In Jeremiah 31:3, we read,
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
A. God Sees Our Need through the Lens of His Love
1. If you are having a tough time today and you feel as if you are in it all alone, you are mistaken. God sees exactly what is going on in your life. He loves you and He cares.
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