Have you ever been in a place where all looked hopeless. We call that being "Between a Rock and a Hard Place." The roots of that term are from the early days of mining in America when the miners felt they could ether give into the choice of hard, underpaid, dangerous work or unemployment, and neither option seemed like a good one.-
When Moses led Israel out of slavery in Egypt there was great joy, but soon they found themselves between two options, and nether seemed good. They were camped at the Red Sea and the Egyptians decided they really didn't want to free their slaves, so they went after Moses and the people.--
There they were with the sea on one side and Pharaoh's army on the other. What to do? Go into the sea with women, children and cattle? Give up and go back to slavery? Fight and die at the hands of a great army? No option seemed good, so what do the people do? They do what most of us probably would have done. They turned against Moses.
Exodus 14:11-12-- ... "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? ... Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians'? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"
Moses, it's your fault, we were happy in Egypt. Funny how they quickly forgot the taskmasters whip. But I love Moses' reaction, when I might be tempted to ask God to wipe out the malcontents, Moses prays for deliverance from this Rock and a Hard place - and God gives Moses direction.
Exodus 14:13-14 Moses said... "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still."
God tells Moses hold up his staff and the Red Sea parts and Israel crosses the sea on dry land but the sea closes in on the Egyptians. Deliverance when there seemed to be no good option.--
God still delivers those who trust in him. He may not do things the way you think, but He will move. Jesus said not to worry about your life, what to eat, drink or wear, but to have a different priority.-
Matthew 6:33- "...Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
Jesus goes on to say that every day has enough trouble without adding to it by worry. So what's our lesson? Seek God first in priority and first thing each day. Pray and read His word and you'll see God work. But like Israel you need to be still - wait on the Lord. The Bible teaches that when you ask anything according to God's will he hears those prayers. It also tells us that it's by faith in Christ your sins are forgiven and you have access to God by prayer.--
What things seem too big for you today? The same God who delivered Israel can deliver you. He delivers from sin and trial so trust, call out, and wait for him.-
Pastor Rich Lammay of High Sierra Fellowship is a member of Carson Valley Ministers' Association.