Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Daily Devotional for July 11th
The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. Psalm 18:2-4
One of Satan’s great strategies against the people of God is to compass them around about and to make us feel like there is no escape. When the devil sneers, your natural reaction is to remove yourself from him. But running away from the enemy in one direction feels like we are just running closer to him once again in another.
David said “sorrows of death” had compassed him about. He goes on to say that it was his iniquities that had taken a hold on him. When Satan tempts us to sin, we may not realize it but it is our sin that gives the devil the right to come and attack us. This is why confessing our sin, repentance, and the cleansing of our sin by the blood of Jesus is vital! The blood of Jesus removes Satan’s right to hold you.
Events can take place in your life that can make you aware that Satan has totally engulfed your life. It is entirely too much for you! We are programmed to think that we can make it through anything on our own. The truth is, we can do nothing without Christ in our life! Satan would rip us limb from limb! But as David said “I will call upon the Lord.” He cried out to the Lord because he realized that God was the only help in his situation. Some people turn to psychiatrists and doctors while others turn to drugs and alcohol in their times of distress. Jesus wants to be the only one you rely on in times of trouble.
Does it seem like at times our adversary has circled around you? You can find refuge from the enemy when you come to Jesus by faith. In Satan compassing us, he may attempt to convince you that there is no way of escape. When you are completely closed in, looking up is the only option. Satan cannot and will not ever get you to a place where God can never get to you. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, just turn to “the Rock.”