That day the LORD saved Israel from the power of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. – Exodus 14:30
The biblical record informs us that God sent the Israelites down an alternate road to the Red Sea, because He knew they would turn back to Egypt once they began to face the overwhelming forces of the Philistines (Ex. 13:17). We also know that the Red Sea was the formidable barrier that God used to destroy the entire Egyptian army. Could God have wiped out the Philistines as easily as He parted the sea? Of course, but the Red Sea served two purposes. You see, once the sea walls collapsed and the Egyptians were drowned, the path for any return by Israel to Egypt was also closed. The barrier that had once been before them was now behind them and no matter how discouraged they might become in the future, there was just no going back.
We’re all tempted from time-to-time to return to life as it was before meeting our Savior, but God has (by His grace) prevented this from occurring. All those who claim Christ have passed through a spiritual “Red Sea” … ground that will never again be lost and that can never again be retread.
I don’t know what your “Red Sea” looks like, but God sure does … so thank Him, for you have received “the grace of not going back.”
All grace grows as Love to the Word of God grows. – Phillip Henry
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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