Wisdom's Corner
Use the Escape Route

In ancient times, many well fortified cities or castles had an escape route. It might be a hidden doorway in the city or castle wall. Sometimes it was a hidden tunnel underneath the city. Sometimes it was a hard to find passage through cliffs and mountains.

The Indians of the western United States had many of these escape routes. They knew all the passages through the hills. Anyone who was new to the area would not know their way around. They could get lost. But most importantly, they couldn't find the Indians. They could follow them so far and then the Indians would 'disappear' in an escape route.

God will give us an escape route from our spiritual enemies. The past 2 Wisdom's Corners have come from Psalm 144:1-2. This one does also. "Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."

The word Hebrew word here for 'deliverer' means 'to slip away, to escape, to let escape'. God is our fortress and our high tower. He is also the way of escape.

But just like the Indians, we must know the territory. We must get to know all the ways of God. The only way to do that is to study our Bible. If we don't study then we will be just like the stranger in a new land. We won't know which way to go. But if we study and know what God wants us to do, then we will know what to do when spiritual enemies come after us.

Sometimes we must stand and fight our spiritual enemies. But sometimes we must know it is better to escape and fight another day. Only by studying God's word can we have the wisdom to know when to use an escape route.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1998

Published by The Old Paths Bible School