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09

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (4/26/09-5/2/09)

WEEKLY DEVOTION FOR WEEK OF 4/26/09-5/2/09

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”  Exodus 14:13

This verse is one that brings such promise and hope to God’s children, and is a favorite of mine when facing storms and adversities.

We are all familiar with the story of how the Israelites had been under Egyptian captivity and slavery for hundreds of years.  God sent a deliverer in a man called Moses, whose name means “to draw forth.”  God sent ten plagues before Pharaoh finally decided to let the Hebrews leave from their slavery.  As they left the land of Egypt, they headed for the shores of the Red Sea, Pharaoh has hot on their trail, as he had changed his mind.

Now, with the largest, most formidible army in the world on one side, a raging sea at their backs, and difficult terrain on the left and right flanks, God’s people started to mutiny.  But the prophet who the Bible calls the greatest of the prophets, speaks and tells the Isrealites not to worry.  Yet he says it so much more eloquently than any of us would have phrased it.  But look at how he said it and how he phrased it.

First, he told the people to fear not.  It is easy to panic when we can’t see a way out of the trouble that surrounds us.  And boy, did they have trouble on every side they looked!  But never forget that it was a simple shepherd boy who wrote “I will fear no evil, for thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”  “If God be for us, who can be against us.”  I have often said that when we have God on our side, we have the biggest daddy in the neighborhood to protect us.

Second, he tells them to stand still.  In today’s world, we do not have a lot of patience.  We have instant microwave meals in three minutes and drive through ordering.  We have overnight shipping and instant gratification.  Instead of waiting for things, we are used to having them right now.  Maybe we could all use a good dose of “stand still.”  We tend to jump into action to find our own solution instead of waiting on God and His own good and perfect time.  We need to remember that we are told “Be still, and know that I am God.”  When faced with trials and adversity, not only do we need to not fear, but we need to wait on God.

Third, he tells the people to “see the salvation of the Lord, which He will shew to you this day.”  Again, many times, we want to impatiently jump in and find an immediate solution.  But not only should we stop, but we need to look around for God to work.  Remember the disciples who were in a boat crossing the sea in John 6.  They rowed all night, up until around 3:00 in the morning.  They had to be exhausted, and their muscles screaming for relief.  But they were doing all they could: they kept on rowing and watching for Jesus.  When Jesus came, He performed three miracles at one time, fulfilling the faith for the appearing and saving of their blessed Saviour.

Finally, Moses informs the frightened Jews that “the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”  When we are in the middle of trials, storms and adversities, it is so easy to focus on the mountains and how hard it is to climb them.  But the Lord implores us to focus on what He can do for us.  When we are telling God how big our storm is, we should be telling the storm how big our God is.

When you are between a rock and a hard place, stand back, and watch God roll up His sleeves and start to work!

 

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