Monday, May 06, 2013

Caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. They faced a hostile army on one side, and a large sea on the other. The choices appeared to be death by dagger and sword, or death by drowning. Either way, death appeared to be the certainty.

"Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 'Tell the sons of Israel to turn back and camp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea; you shall camp in front of Baal-zephon, opposite it, by the sea.' " (Exodus 14.1-2)

The LORD God led the people of Israel to a position of danger. They didn't just find themselves there because of poor choices, or a faulty GPS in the hands of Moses. God LED them directly to this precarious position. Of course, we know what they didn't know. God was about to display His miraculous power and provision by parting the Red Sea through the hand of Moses. Through one mighty act, there was both deliverance and defeat of their enemy. 

The pattern seems apparent: if God once led His people to such a precarious position to display His power, He continues to do the same. So, that seemingly impossible situation you may find yourself in at the moment? He may very well have led you there to display His power and provision. 

Whenever I feel as though I'm between a rock and a hard place, my faith is bolstered through reading the summary of God's provision for His people of faith, "who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight." (Hebrews 11.33-34)

Sometimes we're between a rock and a hard place because of choices we've made. Thankfully, we serve a God who can rescue us in those circumstances as well. But, there are circumstances He directly leads us to so as to develop our character to make us fit for His kingdom. In such circumstances, the only sight and insight is faith, and we walk by faith until His deliverance and power is evident.

It's been said that if He leads you TO it, He will lead you THROUGH it. Such is the example of the people of Israel at the Red Sea. And, such will be the legacy of that proverbial rock and hard place He may have led you to at the moment. Follow in faith, and patiently await His abundant provision and deliverance. 

┬ęSteve Taylor, 2013


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