I remember a commercial when I was little about bubble bath. The commercial didn't focus on the product, instead it focused on a overwhelmed mom who needed to get away. She needed an escape from her daily grind, the kids and chores. Can you guess what commercial I'm talking about? "Calgon take me away!". I might be dating myself, but as a child of the 1980's, seeing this commercial made a lasting impression. When I became a mom, I learned early on that escaping from our troubles is not that easy, nor is it something a bath can remedy.
What do I do when I have a desire to escape?
Psalm 139: 7 tells us that we can never escape from God's spirit and never get away from His presence! We may want to run away when things gets hard or the pressure is high, but we must recognize that we cannot escape from God.
Psalm 32: 7 You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.
Psalm 46: 1 God is our refuge and strength , always ready to help in times of trouble.
Psalm 57: 1 Have mercy on me, O God have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past.
When we feel like giving up, are we running to God or from God?
When we have to escape, it should be into the arms of our loving God. He is good. When troubles comes, he is a strong refuge. And He knows everyone who trusts in Him. (Nahum 1:7).
How does God provide ways of escape? God provides physical and miraculous ways to escape. In Genesis 7:7, we are reminded how God provided an escape for Noah, his wife, sons and their wives from destruction. They went aboard the boat.
In Genesis 19: 17, the angels warned Lot and his family to run for their lives, do not stop anywhere in the valley and don't look back! Escape to the mountains, or die.
When the children of Israel were trapped at the Red Sea, God provided a path for the water and it was parted. They crossed the dry land over night escaping their death. Leaving slavery and their old life behind. (Exodus 14:21)
The Lord helps us escape from evil into a relationship with him. Relationship requires intimacy and when we run to His mercy seat, He covers us.
Proverbs 14: 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.
God helps us escape from the wrong way to the right way.
1 Corinthians 10: 13 tells us that God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.
Instead of running from God, when life gets hard, we must run to Him. We must read and memorize these Bible verses. His Word reminds us to run to Him on a daily basis. Instead of using things to escape like sinful habits, relaxation or a vacation, let us first run to the arms of Jesus. Where mercy meet us, His shalom finds us and His grace covers us.
Keep going, keep the faith and finish the race!
Blessings and Shalom,
This article is a part of my Women in the Word series where you will find Bible encouragement on Wednesday twice a month. I hope it's a blessing to you.