A Rock and a Hard Place


He caused the waters to flow from the rock for them;
He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out.
Isaiah 48:21b (NKJV)

“I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.”

It’s a phrase we all have heard, and perhaps we ourselves have muttered once or twice in disgust or despair.

It represents that moment in time – in life – when we feel that there is no “good” decision, when no profitable option seems to exist. No matter which way we turn, someone or something will suffer.

It’s uncomfortable. It’s bewildering.

No one wants to be stuck between a rock and a hard place.

But it is in those moments of life that God loves to place us – not because He is an uncaring Judge or a masochistic dictator, but because it is in our moments of weakness that His power is most vividly demonstrated.

When you and I don’t see a profitable conclusion, a beneficial decision, God sees an unbridled opportunity for His power to be demonstrated.

In fact, some of His greatest miracles are in “rock-and-a-hard-place” situations.

Consider the Christmas story:
An unmarried virgin,
A sleepy 200-person village called Nazareth;
A dictatorial Roman decree and census;
A peasant carpenter;
A ragtag group of unclean shepherds;
A trio of pagan astrologers;
A delirious magistrate on a murderous rampage;
A two-year escapade to a foreign country…

Talk about rocks and hard places!

And yet it was into that impossible scenario, the ordinary chaos, that the greatest miracle of all happened.

God became man.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as men with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel!

God took the greatest “rock-and-hard-place” and turned it into a holy, sacred, indescribably blessed…miracle.

Today, when you face your “rock and hard place” – remember…
God is a God who invites Himself into those places in our lives.
And when God invades, transformation happens.

Miracles occur.

After all, God is our Rock, and if the Rock is also our Living Water, it should come as no surprise that He turns our difficulties into times of greatest growth, greatest refreshment.



Angelic ecstasy in moonlight pastures.
A virgin’s agony, and joy, in a secluded cave far from home.
A 24-month journey from distant lands bearing precious gifts.

Water from rocks.
Life from despair.


What glad tidings our God brings!

Do not fear, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day, in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord…glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!


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