Don't let the title scare you. You know very well what that's like. At least, you do if you're human. Many a time we find ourselves literally hemmed in without any means of escape from a situation. Sometimes it's our own doing. (ok, a lot of the time) and other times people and events beyond our control bring about this scenario. So, what do you do when you're faced with this reality?
Here's a multiple choice for you to choose from. If in doubt....guess.
I like what the Shulamite in the Song of Solomon
says in chapter
It is usually in that place of seclusion of having no props, no rallying friends or sympathetic comforters, that we finally lay hold of just how precious is indeed the very presence and love of Jesus. In other words, in our complete helplessness, we realize how altogether lovely and desirous the Lord truly is, and we marvel at his love, grace and mercy towards us. That he really is mainly concerned with developing a relationship with us more than anything else.
God has always looked for a people to call his own, and that would also call God their own.
Let's look at two examples of men in the Bible who were caught between a rock and a hard place, (the cleft of the rock.)
See Moses, standing on the mountain, interceding with the Lord on behalf of a rebellious and stiff-necked people. He also realizes that he too is in need of change. A consuming revelation of his need for God and His ways to be established in his own life, creates a cry that was greater then the seriousness of the problem at the moment. Let's listen into the conversation he has with God.
(MOSES) "Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people."Wow! Look what coming to the extremity of his situation and the realization that his only hope is in God, brought about; a genuine cry for the reality of knowing God. And what a revelation he had! (Interesting what a potential lynch mob can cause.)
Then there's Elijah. What a valiant man of God. What an awesome victory was wrought for the Kingdom of God through his daring obedience to God. Fire fell from Heaven and consumed a heavily water drenched sacrifice, denoting that Jehovah God is the rightful God of all the earth and especially of Israel. Imagine the supernatural strength imparted to Elijah as he slew 400 prophets of Baal with a sword. (Think about that one.)
All of Israel that day bowed before the Lord God in submission to his authority and Godhead. Chalk a big one up for God and Elijah. But it says in I Kings 19:2, "Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them (her dead prophets) by tomorrow about this time." So Elijah did what most of us would do in that situation, after having just participated in an awesome display of God's reality. He "hit the road" and ran for his life.