The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon (Exodus 14:9).
I’m sure you’ll appreciate a little background.
The Israelites were in the midst of doing what God wanted to do–they were making their way to the Promised Land as God had commanded them. After hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt, the people of Israel were finally free! Or so they thought.
After setting the Israelites free, Pharoah the Egyptian king had a change of heart. He said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” (Exodus 14:5). So he ordered all his best troops to pursue the Israelites and bring them back to Egypt. Naturally, the Egyptians caught up with their former slaves.
At that point, the Israelites were faced with a choice. They could look back at the mighty Egyptian army, succumb to fear, and return to a life of slavery in Egypt. Or they could look up and look forward. The Lord told Moses their leader, “Tell the Israelites to move on.” The story tells us that the Israelites chose to look up to God and obey his word, and to look forward and move on. When they did, God parted the sea and gave them a path to escape the rushing Egyptian horde.
Is there something or someone in 2015 that is chasing after you and wishing to keep you in bondage to fear? Perhaps it’s an unfortunate incident, a wrong decision, an abusive relationship, a debilitating sickness, an overbearing boss, etc. You could choose to keep looking back and be paralyzed with fear. But I hope you don’t do that. Instead, look up to God who is able to deliver you from all that seek to enslave you. Look forward and in faith move on to where God wants you to be in 2016.
Where you look will determine whether your faith will fail or grow in the coming year. Choose wisely.
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