Do you ever want to es­cape?

Calhoun Times - - RELIGION - Randy Muse

un­der­stand­ing, to be more lov­ing and also that every day is a new day. I couldn’t imag­ine not be­ing with them. I’m learn­ing so much.

In re­turn, I try to teach the sight words. Sight words, by def­i­ni­tion, are high-fre­quency words that begin­ner read­ers learn to rec­og­nize with­out de­cod­ing them. One word that I don’t think we’ll ever see on a sight word list is the word “ES­CAPE.” What an in­trigu­ing word it is. Prob­a­bly the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word is Hou­dini, per­haps the great­est es­cape artist that ever lived. A type of very pop­u­lar at­trac­tions in the last sev­eral years have been “Es­cape Rooms,” where you and friends would try to find clues that al­lowed you to es­cape the room. Some­times we want to es­cape sit­u­a­tions.

There are some things that we can’t es­cape. For starters, we can’t es­cape God’s knowl­edge of us. There’s noth­ing hid­den from Him. Psalm 139:1-4 reads, “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sit­ting down and my ris­ing up; You un­der­stand my thought afar off. You com­pre­hend my path and my ly­ing down, And are ac­quainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But be­hold, O Lord, You know it al­to­gether.”

He knows all of our fail­ures and short­com­ings. We can’t es­cape God’s pres­ence. Verses 7-10 of the same chap­ter says, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your pres­ence? If I as­cend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, be­hold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morn­ing, And dwell in the ut­ter­most parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.” We are never alone.

Lastly, we will never be able to es­cape the love of God. The Bible says in Ro­mans 8:3539, “Can any­thing ever sep­a­rate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trou­ble or calamity, or are per­se­cuted, or hun­gry, or des­ti­tute, or in dan­ger, or threat­ened with death? (As the Scrip­tures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are be­ing slaugh­tered like sheep.)” No, de­spite all these things, over­whelm­ing vic­tory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am con­vinced that noth­ing can ever sep­a­rate us from God’s love. Nei­ther death nor life, nei­ther an­gels nor de­mons, nei­ther our fears for to­day nor our wor­ries about to­mor­row—not even the pow­ers of hell can sep­a­rate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth be­low—in­deed, noth­ing in all cre­ation will ever be able to sep­a­rate us from the love of God that is re­vealed in Christ Je­sus our Lord.

While “es­cape” will prob­a­bly never be used as a sight word, it will for­ever be a word that we should never lose sight of. It was the love of God that made a way for us to es­cape the con­se­quence of our sin.

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