Rocks, Hard Places, and Problems.

"Then all the people of Judah, from the least to the greatest, as well as the army commanders, fled in panic to Egypt, for they were afraid of what the Babylonians would do to them." 2 Kings 25:26 NLT

They irony in this Scripture is boggling.

You may or may not know this, but the ancestors of the people of Judah were led AWAY from Egypt. Now they are running TO Egypt.

They're running away from the new bad guy, and simultaneously running towards the old bad guy. They are literally between a rock and a hard place. 

How many times have you or I ran away from a new problem in our life to a problem from our past? The Israelites did this a bunch of times with Moses. They repeatedly asked why he took them away from Egypt because of their lack of resources.

We have a tendency from time to time to look at problems linearly. "Well, I'm gonna have problems. Let's go with the lesser of the two." You may have used that logic in the last election. But I digress.

We should be looking at our problems differently. We will have problems. God never issues a Get Out of Jail Free card for your problems, but he has issued peace for your problem.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

If you're caught between a rock and a hard place, there's probably only one thing to do: sit down. We need to learn to sit down in the midst of our problems.

Next time you're caught between a couple of problems or you're running from one problem to another, do what the people of Judah should have done: sit with God. Sit down, and give the problems on your left and right to the one above. Present your problems, and God will provide the peace.