Faith through the Hard Places

Steven Laman

READ : Exodus 14:5-31

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. (Hebrews 11:29, niv)

I enjoy researching old sayings. The phrase “between a rock and a hard place” comes from Greek mythology, when Odysseus was forced to sail through a narrow strait. He had to choose between running into a dangerous whirlpool on one side or taking his chances with a cliff-dwelling monster on the other. Both options were potentially fatal.

The Israelites were also “between a rock and a hard place” when they reached the Red Sea. After Pharaoh reluctantly let them go, God led them to the water’s edge. But their former master once more had a change of heart and ordered his army to pursue them. There they were, trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s mighty army. They needed an escape route. God gave them one right through the Red Sea on dry land. With towering walls of water on each side, the people needed faith to take God’s path.

God longs to help us out of our hard places. By faith we believe that no matter how bad our situation, God will open a way out for us. We need to trust him and take a step of faith through the sea.


Lord, thank you for your guiding. Give us faith to follow.