Question: What do you do when you find yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place?
Answer: Go straight through the middle
There are times in our lives when we find ourselves in these situations. We seem to hit a rock or something hard every time we try to make progress. However, the path to success, freedom and destiny is often the path that is least traveled and that means you may have to squeeze right through that rock and hard place.
In the book of Exodus, chapter 14, we find Israel at this point. They have finally fled Egypt (the land of slavery) and are on their way to freedom when they hit a rock and a hard place. The Egyptian army are pursuing them faster than they can run and then they make what seems like a wrong turn and find themselves confronted by a huge sea. Most of the people started to complain and see only the rock of the Egyptian army and the hard place of the Red Sea. They got so negative that they started to say, ‘why did we come out here to die, we could have died in Egypt where they at least had graves to bury us in”.
At this point most of us think we know the story and Moses split the Red Sea in two. However, that isn’t what happened. God didn’t bring permanent relief until they started to trust him in that Rock/Hard Place moment. As the Egyptians came upon Israel, God caused a cloud of dust to block the path between them, then a huge fire separated them. It was at this point when they started to see God at work. The following events of this story result in the Red Sea splitting in two and Israel walked right through the middle, and the ground was dry.
You may be in the a place today where there is a rock on one side and a hard place another and you are crying out for God to split the Red Sea in your life. However, God may not be ready to split the Red Sea because maybe your not ready. Maybe God is desiring you to just chill for a moment and trust him fully. Maybe a cloud of dust or a pillar of fire is happening in your life which is confusing you, but look to God, this just might be his hand a work to buy you some time so that you can trust in him fully before your Red Sea miracle takes place.
God is at work, you have to trust him. You may not see it, you may only see the rock and the hard place, but God is there and he will protect you, so trust hm!