Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By: Dru Pearcy
As I read from Exodus this evening, I have once again become so impressed by the patience and mercy of God. Throughout this book about God’s deliverance, you see a lot of murmuring and yet God remained patient and merciful to deliver and supply all of His people’s needs. The Israelites had grown comfortable in their state of bondage so when Moses led them to the unknown and unfamiliar it led to grumbling and despair. It wasn’t an easy road or transition for them. It’s hard to face trials and the unknowns in our lives and without Christ it’s nearly impossible. At times, it can seem as if we are between a rock and a hard place.
When God delivered the Israelites from the Egypt, it appeared that He had led them into a trap. They saw a mountain on one side and the Red Sea on the other. If they went back through the mountains, Pharaoh and his troops were sure to kill them. If they continued forward, they would die trying to cross the Red Sea. They were between a rock and a hard place and became quite emotional about the whole situation. The trap was for Pharaoh and his army and God had a plan of deliverance for His people all along. The scriptures says, “They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in … that the Egyptians may know that I am LORD.”
The Israelites didn’t know God’s plan! Their first response was to become overwhelmed with fear, and they cried out to the Lord. Then they became angry and took their frustrations out on Moses, the man of God. They accused Moses of bringing them out in to the wilderness to die. They wanted to go back into slavery because it was the only life that they knew before their exodus. Moses patiently responded to an emotional crowd by saying, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew you to day:”
God parted the Red Sea that day, and the Israelites walked across on dry ground unharmed. Pharaoh and the Egyptians were devoured in the sea. God’s people were delivered in a miraculous way and their enemy destroyed. God’s patience and mercy were evident toward a people that had been confused and consumed with fear.
Before His deliverance, the people of Israel couldn’t see any way out of their quandary and opted for the unthinkable. Slavery for the Israelites was not easy and yet that was the life they said they would prefer to being trapped between a rock and a hard place! God heard their cry and ignored their foolish thoughts of returning to slavery. God knew what was best for them and had a better plan.
Unfortunately today just as in the Bible, when some people feel trapped between a rock and a hard place they opt to work things out and are swayed to believe that returning to an addiction or a life of sin would be easier. That is a lie of the devil! Choose righteousness! God’s plan is one of deliverance just like it was for the Israelites!
All of us have faced challenges that seem impossible to overcome. We can’t change our yesterday so there is no way to go back. Some trials are mountains that have us surrounded so we can’t see past our today. Fear grips our thoughts as we think of our tomorrows just like it did the Israelites. When we think about our predicament, sometimes we ask why and then become angry. We can’t change the fact that we are stuck between a rock and a hard place, but God can!
Just as Moses shared the grace of God with the people by saying, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew you to day:,” I want to remind you of that very truth. Whatever you are facing, God has a plan! Whether it is a financial stress, a health problem, family issue, or another personal struggle, God is able to resolve and provide an escape. You may not know His plan, but you can fully trust God to fulfill His plan for you. Just as God delivered the Israelites, He is ready to deliver you too! If you feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, stand still and look for the salvation of the Lord. God miraculously provided an escape for the Israelites. They didn’t deserve it or earn it, but God in His mercy delivered them. He is merciful and wants to deliver you. Don’t forget He is LORD and is the best solution to whatever has placed you between a rock and a hard place!
Biblical Reference: Exodus 14