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June 24, 2015

Between a Rock and a Hard Spot


We’ve all been there; stuck between a rock and a hard spot. There seems to be no way out. Every way you turn there is an obstacle. Feeling trapped is not a good feeling. In fact, it can be very frightening. In Exodus chapter 14 there is a story of the Israelites when they were trapped between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army. They were slaves, not warriors, so fighting was not an option. Their women, children, and livestock was with them, so they could not run. What would they do? Their first response was to go to their leader, Moses, and blame him for bringing them out into the dessert to die. What is your first response to being stuck? Do you grumble, complain, and look for someone else to blame?

Moses did what all godly leaders do. He turned to God. He called upon God to help them out of this predicament. He knew there was nothing he could do. In a miraculous display of power, God opened up the sea for the Israelites to pass through safely to the other side. God will provide a way to safety whenever we call upon him.

The Apostle Paul was confident that God would rescue us from the places where we feel trapped. He encouraged the Corinthians with these words: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT) The next time you feel trapped, turn to God, open your eyes and look for the way out.

With Peace in Christ,

Pastor Jeff