How do you know when God is ready to break through your rock-and-a-hard-place situation? He will invade your ordinary with something extraordinary. He will create a scenario that doesn’t make sense.

When God creates a scenario that doesn’t make sense, it is not supposed to make sense. Don’t ignore God showing up in a way that you can’t explain. The reason you can’t explain it is because it is God showing up in it. The Bible is replete with examples of a person or a group of people wedged between a rock and a hard place who saw God show up in a way that their human understanding couldn’t explain.

If you are between a rock and a hard place and can’t find a good way out of what seems like a never-ending situation, look for God to show up in a way that you can’t explain. His ways are not your ways. His thoughts are not your thoughts (read Isaiah 55:8—9). God is not like you or me. If God were living in the era of soul music, His favorite song would be, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)?” Didn’t I show up in a way that you couldn’t explain? That’s what God does. Look for it.

Moses saw the bush that wasn’t burned up and probably thought, I don’t understand. I’ve been out here for forty years, and I’ve never seen anything like this. I must turn aside, because I can’t ignore what I can’t explain. So he turned aside.

Please note from Exodus 3:4 that God did not reveal Himself to Moses until Moses turned aside to look. In other words, Moses had to act before God acted. Remember what we learned from the life of Abraham? Much of what God wants to do with us will take place when we move. Your movement will incite His movement. In our last chapter, we read, “When Israel cried to the Lord, He remembered His covenant.” And in our current passage, we see, “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called …”

Until Moses responded to what God had placed before him, God wouldn’t give him more. A lot of us want more from God, but we haven’t turned to look at what He’s already doing. We haven’t responded to what He’s already done. We don’t do anything, and then we wonder why we aren’t getting more.

We aren’t getting more because God doesn’t see us doing anything with what He’s just given us. He just gave Moses something that he had never seen before—a bush that would not burn. He couldn’t ignore that. When something cannot be explained in our lives, we need to turn aside and take a look at it as well because it could be God trying to show us something at another level.

Tony Evans, Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2010).


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