Our verse for today comes from Exodus 14:30, ” So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. “
Seagulls don’t ordinarily get a whole lot of press coverage. Unfortunately for them, when we do read about them and see pictures of them, they are too often covered in crude oil and lying dead on a seashore somewhere. That’s because an oil tanker on the high seas has suffered damage to its hull, and millions of gallons spilled out into the water. And as much as oil and water do not mix, oil and seagull together does not end well, either. The images we’re accustomed to seeing show the lifeless birds lying all along the sand, their white feathers covered in their black death coats. Their mighty numbers and soaring ways were no match for the suffocating, overwhelming effect of the oil. When the Egyptians followed the Israelites into the basin of the Red Sea, that fleeing band of former slaves was going to be no match for their mighty chariots and gleaming swords. All they needed to do was reach the other shore and recapture what they had let go free.
But things suddenly changed. The walls of water, held back by a might that the Egyptians could not see, and certainly couldn’t explain, came crashing down on them, ending their pursuit amidst the millions of gallons of water. Soldiers in armor and immense crashing waves do not mix well. And so, the Israelites saw their fate reversed, their impending doom replaced by the complete annihilation of their captors and pursuers. The Lord saved them. He saved them out of Egypt, through the dry land of the sea, and from the blades that were fast on their heels. The temptations that catch your eye aren’t prone to go away after one setback. Rare is the case that we are tempted a certain way once and never again. But never is the case that God is not able to save us. And if we’ll let Him, He will slay the pursuer and leave it dead on the seashore. His might knows no bounds, and His reach has no limits. He can pluck you out of the hand of whatever may have you, and if you’ll let Him, He’ll leave it slain on the shore behind you.
As we seek Him today, let God set you free from what might have a grip on you. Leave it for dead on the shore behind you.