Resting on Christ the rock when trapped between the rock and the hard place
Most of us have experienced times that leave us hanging between a rock and a hard place: times of confusion, fear, sorrow, loneliness. Relationships may fail; precious dreams die, loss of loved ones, answers won’t come. Our circumstances vary, but we all go through them.
My family is going through a pretty critical struggle right now, but I’ve been utterly calm (and if you knew me, you’d know that was not normal). This is definitely God’s peace which transcends understanding! I know so long as I seek God’s will, I’ll also find what I need.
“When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.” Genesis 28:11
Jacob was obviously running away from trouble, as he had done something he probably regretted. Because his brother was out to get him, there was no way out of this mess- other than leaving home after he’d stolen the inheritance.
I find it remarkable that Jacob was able to lay his head on a stone and go to sleep after he had been uprooted and was running for his life. Jacob was out of his comfort zone. He was in a hard, cold place instead of his warm, comfortable bed. It is challenging for me to lay my concerns down on a soft pillow and go to sleep, but not for Jacob. He took a stone and put it under his head and slept. How? How could Jacob sleep unless his security was found in something other than his ability to outrun his pursuers?
Perhaps Jacob knew a Rock that was more than a solid mineral. Maybe Jacob saw his rock as the Rock of Ages. Maybe, the rock this verse is talking about is God’s love. His love obviously protected Jacob from anything harmful. God is that rock that can help protect us from any difficult circumstances we may be dealing with. God’s rock of salvation is the light at the end of the trouble tunnel. How else could he lay his head and all his fears on a rock if it were not God the Rock as described in Psalm 18:2? “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” What an amazing truth: God is our Rock! This means when you and I find ourselves “between a rock and a hard place,” we can transform that experience from being stuck between a rock to resting on the Rock.
After reading about Jacob, I decided to change my perspective. Instead of viewing my position as being between a rock and a hard place, I envisioned myself resting on Christ the Rock and leaving all my cares there.
Friend, I hope when you feel yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place, you’ll see it as Christ the Rock. Then you can lay down your head and find rest in that hard place. “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”~Psalm 18:2
God can deliver us out of whatever bad situations we may have found ourselves facing. He is that rock and fortress that can protect us from harm. We can turn to Him whenever we’re dealing with difficult times, and we should turn to Him if we don’t already know Him.
After learning this we can humbly pray “Dear Lord, thank You for being my Rock, my shield, safety and salvation in troubled times. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
No matter what we may be going through, we can be totally thankful that God can protects us whenever we may find ourselves in a difficult issue. We may feel like running from our problems instead of dealing with them head on. 1 Corinthians 10:4, “[All] drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
Jesus is our rock that we can rest on whenever we find ourselves dealing with difficult situations throughout our lives. Financial issues, family issues, marriage problems- we can all hand over these to God- rather than attempting to deal with them ourselves.
The Psalms contain words of encouragement for those who feel trapped. Read Psalm 91 and other chapters.
When I fell trapped I’ve learned to rehearse some things about God, times when Jesus has walked with me, held my hand, and brought me through the hard places. There are a few things that when I remember that keep me from being discouraged.
When I was confused, Jesus offered peace.
When I was lost, Jesus rescued me.
When I was afraid, Jesus gave me courage.
When I needed a home, Jesus adopted me.
When I was tired, Jesus gave me rest.
When I needed love, Jesus held me close.
When I was sad, Jesus caught my tears.
When I was discouraged, Jesus encouraged me.
When I stumbled, Jesus steadied my feet.
When I was lonely, Jesus comforted me.
When I fell, Jesus picked me up.
When I needed a Savior, Jesus died for me.
Comforting thought for the week
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called you by your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it will not be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior” (Isaiah 43:1-3).