Earlier in (Exodus 14:2), God instructed Moses to tell the people to encamp near the Red sea. This seemed like a dead end on a journey to their land of promise. It was this view of a dead end which gave Pharaoh the confidence to pursue the Israelites. “For Pharaoh will say of the people of Israel, ‘They are wandering in the land; the wilderness has shut them in.’” (Exodus 14:3) God used this situation to (1). Harden Pharaoh’s heart; (2) give him the confidence to pursue the people and (3) allow God to get the glory over Pharaoh and all his host. Why would God go to all this trouble? So that the enemies would know that He is the Lord.
There are people who have written us off because our current situation looks like a dead end. “There is absolutely no way he/she is coming back from this.” “It’s over for them now, they are finished.” “They are no match for these great powers that have them cornered.” They do not understand that we serve a God who makes ways through the wilderness and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 43:19)
Our God knows the end from the beginning, he is infinite, timeless and limitless. Is there anything that God cannot do? God supernaturally opened the Red Sea to allow his children to cross on dry land. How stupid of Pharaoh and his host to pursue them. The natural man cannot comprehend supernatural things. If they understood what God was doing, they would have stood in amazement and beheld the splendour of God. This instead of pursuing God’s people and perishing in the sea.
“The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained.” (Exodus 14:28)