Wednesday, October 12, 2011

When You're Between a Rock and a Hard Place

When You're Between a Rock and a Hard Place

1But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.  3For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.  4Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.  5Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;  Isaiah 43:1-5

When reading this passage of scripture, Moses and the children of Israel during their exodus from Egypt, comes to mind.  In the 14th chapter of Exodus, Pharaoh finally lets God’s people go, but suddenly changes his mind.  He than pursues after them, with great intensity.  When Pharaoh does catch up with them, they are camped by Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon (verse 9).  The children of Israel see Pharaoh coming…they are stuck.  The Red Sea is in front of them, and Pharaoh and his army are in back of them.  What are they to do?  They began to cry out to Moses.  Moses cries out to God, and God says “move forward”.  He tells Moses to stretch out his rod.  The Red Sea parts and the children of Israel walk in the midst of the sea, on dry land.  Pharaoh’s army pursues and drowns as the waters return to normal (verses 10-31).

Have you ever been between a rock and a hard place?  To be between a rock and a hard place means that in difficulty you are faced with a choice between two unsatisfactory options.  Moses was between a rock (Pharaoh’s army) and a hard place (the Red Sea), but God showed up and showed out, giving them the victory in a definite impossible situation.  What is your rock, or what is the thing that so deeply affects you?  What is you hard place…your unbearable situation.  We don’t have to be afraid, we don’t have to worry, because we have confidence in knowing that no matter what it looks like… no matter what it sounds like… no matter what it feels like ultimately everything in our lives, good or bad must bow to the will and purpose of God in our lives.

Be encouraged to know that God, our God is telling us to “move forward”!  Even if you are between a rock and a hard place, you are never stuck, when God is doing the leading.  March on to victory in Jesus’ name!

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