After hundreds of years of enduring excruciating labour and crying out to God for deliverance, the Hebrews were set free. Pharaoh had finally let them go. God had answered their long awaited prayer and come to their rescue. It seemed that all of their problems were falling behind them as they started their journey into their Promised Land. But as they made their way out of Egypt, Pharaoh in his anger and pride made one last attempt to bring them back as his slaves.
With a vengeful army approaching, this massive group of God’s people were desperate for a way out. There was only one route: forward. But considering the vast ocean before them and their unfortunate lack of boats, their chances weren’t looking too promising. These people were exhausted. Their emotions and faith had been run thin. It would have been all too easy for them to turn back and surrender to Pharaoh's army.
Because of the awesome power of God that came to once again make a way out of an impossible situation, they avoided facing total destruction. God not only parted the Red Sea to give the Israelites a miraculous escape, but also set the waters back in their place to eliminate the enemies that pursued them. Ultimately, the Israelites found their victory from the very same thing that first brought them grief.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you have come out of a life of struggle and chaos and have started on a path to obtain your promise, but you're being attacked by the things of your past. Failures and mistakes have a way of creeping up in our minds at the most vulnerable moments. They make us feel like our battles were falsely won and convince us we’re still fighting for freedom. We can feel like we're stuck between an ocean and an army, and no matter how hard we press forward, our mistakes hold us back. It can seem as though it’s just altogether less complicated if we turn back to our previous life though we know it’s destructive. It’s mentally, spiritually, and emotionally confusing and exhausting.
But God thrives in the impossible. Just when everything seems over, He does His greatest miracles. You see, God never said that living a holy life would come without problems. In fact, He said that there WOULD be many of them because we live in an earth overrun with sin. But He also assured us that we can have peace because He has overcome every obstacle in this world (John 16:33). God is our overcomer and provider. He delights in taking the past pain that sin casts over our lives and redirecting it in a way that brings us triumph. He already shed His blood to pay the price for our every sin. So when we feel consumed by the hurt of what’s behind us, all we have to do is look forward and keep our focus on the Lord where we find our strength and our help (Psalm 121:2). Not only can God lead you to the other side of your struggle and into your promise, but He can wash out and cover every pain of past mistakes. Turning back to the past and surrendering to the enemy only ever brings heartache and death. But turning forward and surrendering to the Lord will bring forth life and salvation.
Pray: “Lord, some days I find myself struggling to keep my past behind me and to keep moving forward. But I know You have more than enough strength to carry me through, and You have already won the battle for me! So I will keep all my focus and my heart set on You. And I will trust that you are taking my every moment - from past and present - and molding them to create a miraculous future!”