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In the Hard Path

In our walk with the Lord, sometimes He moves us from one adventure to another and sometimes He keeps us in a place that we’d rather move away from. Our hearts cry out to Him, “God, free me from this hard place!” Yet our circumstance remains unchanged. We may even try to find our own way out but soon discover He has hemmed us in behind and before. We find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. However, when we are God’s children this is the best place in the world to be, for He is our Rock.

Your mouths will drip with joy for the way that I make. You will thank Me for not moving you to escape but to stand and fight and see the deliverance the Lord will bring. For surely you can take the land. Those who cry out for relief will be at ease and grateful for the breakthrough.

Prayer: Jesus, I open myself up to you. Forgive me for when I’ve blamed You, complained, held unforgiveness in my heart, and compared my life with others around me while coveting theirs. You alone know my heart even though I’m misunderstood by those around me. You order my steps and my steps are secure. Refresh me to stand and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Let this hard place be a way of refining every ounce of myself out of me so I can come forth as gold, so I can reflect Your image for as long as You have me here. I stand where you have me until you turn deserts into refreshing springs, level the mountains before me, and make the barren places fresh and green with life and hope. you are the living water that flows from me to bring refreshment to all those around me and change even an environment of darkness into light. I fight by obeying You and following every prompting from Your Holy Spirit within Me, for you know more than I can see and feel. You are the one who makes my way. I am grateful that You have born with me long and see how important this circumstance is in transforming me into Your image. Broaden my perspective beyond how I am affected, let Me see as You do.

Exodus 14:19-27

“And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went after them into the midst of the sea, all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. Now it came to pass, in the morning watch, that the Lord looked down upon the army of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and cloud, and He [d]troubled the army of the Egyptians. And He took off their chariot wheels, so that they drove them with difficulty; and the Egyptians said, ‘Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them against the Egyptians.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.’ And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.”

Psalm 37:34

“Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.”

Job 23:8-10

“Look, I go forward, but He is not there, and backward, but I cannot perceive Him; when He works on the left hand, I cannot behold Him; when He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him. But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”