Way Maker

February 22, 2024

In our lives here on Earth we may hear—and experience—dead-ends. These could be summarized into words like “cancer,” “divorce,” “bankruptcy,” “infertility,” or “unemployment.”


If you experience a dead-end situation in your life, you may find yourself asking, “Why is this happening to me? God, did I miss your will? Was this dream just something I thought up myself and not from you?”


A situation that seems hopeless without divine intervention…dead-end. And, while these painful circumstances are a part of life here in this broken world, there IS hope. We serve a God who has the power to deliver us from dead-end situations. We serve the Way Maker. God can make a way, when it seems there is no way.


The situation may be out of your control, but it’s not out of God’s control. When you face a dead end, don’t focus on what you can’t do. Focus instead on what God can do. 


Romans 4:17 says, “Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing” (NLT).


Here are two of the many things God can do that you can’t do:

First, he can give life to the dead.

Second, he can create something out of nothing.


If God can give life to a dead man, he can give life to a dead career. He can bring life to your dead marriage. He can create something out of your dead dream. He can bring something new out of a financial dead end. 


Abraham believed in God. That wasn’t just positive thinking; it was faith. Positive thinking works fine in situations you can control. But positive thinking is not faith, and it’s not enough when you find yourself at a dead end. 


In situations that are out of your control, positive thinking is worthless. It doesn’t change the situation! When you face things that are out of your control, you need something more than a positive mental attitude. You need faith in God, because he can control what you can’t.


Jesus says in Luke 18:27, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (NIV). God specializes in the impossible. He works miracles all the time—and he can work them in your life too! 


This doesn’t mean God will answer our prayers the exact way we want every time, but the more you seek him, the more you have faith IN HIM (not in the miracle you are praying for) you will find peace and deliverance from your pain. He will sustain you.

What dead end are you facing today? What would it look like to respond with faith, not just positive thinking?


Here’s a promise. If you are experiencing a dead-end situation in your life, God cares. I love these verses of hope for when we face life's dead-ends.


1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

2 Corinthians 4:9 “We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.”

And, the comforting words of our Savior, Jesus: John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


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