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06.18.2017 - The Matrix
There is a scene from the Matrix, and similar occurrences in more current techno-thrillers, where the antagonist is desperately trying to escape mortal danger while facing impossible odds, an imperceptible set of obstacles, all while in unfamiliar surroundings.

It goes something like this. Our character is in trouble. He is trapped in a foreign place and the bad guys have found him. You know the one's I'm talking about. They are heavily armed, well organized, and skilled fighters. They are invariably wearing all black, with an earpiece in one ear and dark sunglasses on their face. Their muscles are bulging and their guns are locked and loaded. They came prepared. They have a single mission and a single focus; your demise.

You find yourself in a building you have never been in before. You are on a mission to deliver an important package to a stranger. You are the good guy trying to do the right thing. You found your way in but are not sure which way is out. You are all alone, somewhat lost, and very vulnerable. As you are carrying out your mission, your earpiece chirps and you hear the ominous words "They found you. They are surrounding the building and pouring in from every direction. They are headed straight for you. You have to get out".

From the viewer's point of view, our character is doomed. He is facing insurmountable odds; outnumbered, and outgunned, he is about to come face-to-face with a powerful, relentless, and unmerciful enemy whose only purpose is to kill. There is no way out. Death is imminent…but then something very cool happens. The voice on your headset continues calmly: "Duck now…ok wait…now walk to the door to your left…wait 5 seconds…go down one flight of stairs…wait 20 seconds…walk out the door…" Whoa! The person on the other end of the headset knows exactly where you are at all times and can see all the enemy's moves. He knows exactly what steps you need to take to escape. He is all seeing and all knowing. He leads with perfect precision to counter the enemy's moves and orchestrate a seemingly impossible escape.

We see our character walk outside, squinting in the sunlight, untouched. We hear the bad guys frantically yelling at each other on their headsets, clearly bewildered and confused. "He was just here. He has to be here somewhere. How could he get away? Find him".

Our guy calmly gets into a waiting car and we watch the car drive away.

The first time I saw this scenario on the big screen, my initial reaction was that it was a very cool concept, but only well written fiction at best. But this morning, I just felt led to start writing about it with a different perspective in mind…

Consider this parallel: Without Christ, we are lost, facing a mortal enemy, and death is imminent. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and shows no mercy. Sound familiar? God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (all-seeing). He makes a way to escape where there seems to be no way. He opens doors no man can shut, and closes doors no man can open. He leads us, guides us, and protects us. He directs our steps. He has plans to prosper us and not to harm us. He is more powerful than any enemy. He sent His Son so that we could overcome sin and death. The price has been paid and the battle is won! We do not have to be lost! We are victorious in Christ! We can live today and forever!

My prayer for you today is that you would seek His voice in your life and allow Him to direct your steps!

Scripture references:

Proverbs 16:9 NAS
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

John 10:10 ESV
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Romans 8:37-39 ESV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:57 ESV
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 6:12 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Joshua 1:9 ESV
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

1 John 4:4 ASV
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Rev 3:7-8 ESV
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.