“Then the disciples took him by night, and let [him] down by the wall in a basket.” Acts9:25
To escape during some circumstances doesn’t mean cowardice. Paul’s experience was similar to the spies let down through the window by using a cord (Joshua 2;1-15). In Paul’s case, he was concealed in a basket and through this we can see that even in simple ways God’s wisdom given to us can’t be surpassed by the enemy in a way that they least expect. This is confirmed by what Paul wrote in 1Co 10:13
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Who would have thought that God will use a natural and inexpensive way? If we are in a situation wherein we seemed to be cornered by overwhelming circumstances, there might be God’s provision of natural ways. But I do not mean using dangerous herbs like what the addicts are doing. I just mean that simple things around us can be utilized. Those ropes used by desperate people who took suicide just to escape their own circumstances must be used to hold basket in order to let down a graceful exit.
We can also learn that no matter how serious and how secure man’s guarding (2 Co.11:32-33), God can provide a way of escape. There are no difficult situations where God can be locked up. And those who are trusting in Him have always a way of escape.Like Paul, we also have a deliverer.
2Ti 4:17-18 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserveme unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
We also have to realize that we can also be in the shoes of those beloved that let down Paul through a basket. We can be among those means of escape for others just to accomplish God’s will. Although in some case, like in Acts 12, Peter was freed while James was stricken dead.
But why did God allowed him to escape? Certainly because he has things left undone for Christ’s sake. This is important for us to realize when we were given another chance by the Lord, and that is to continue His purpose and not ours.
In some instances Paul even presumed dead (Acts 14:19-20 ), maybe to stop from being beaten, although when out of sight from unbelievers, he stood up.
Other channel of escape
We can employ many channels of escaping any threat, harm, failures, contentions, emotional outburst or whatever circumstances. You can think of your own ways but you can also have the comfort through the Scripture which directs us to God’s unique way of dealing with our trials. Another is through fellowship with those who knew the Lord and those who are obedient to His word.But the real problem is not how to escape but at times after the escape ,and that is the Lord is sometimes forgotten, or you returned again and again to the situations that has trapped you. But that is for being in this body.
Rom 7:24-25 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Christ is the only Channel of escape by those who were trapped by Satan (2 Tim.2:26).