The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. Exodus 13:14 (NIV)
Pharaoh, when faced with the worst of the plagues, the killing of the firstborn, had finally agreed to let the Hebrews go into the wilderness to worship God. At least that is what he was told they wanted to do. We know, as did they, they were never intending to return to slavery in Egypt. But before they had barely begun to march, Pharaoh found out the Israelites were not planning on returning and sent his full army with their horses and chariots to overtake the Israelites and return them to slavery.
For His glory, God told the Children of Israel to camp on the shores of the Red Sea so as to cause Pharaoh to think they were trapped and easy prey. The Lord, to the glory of His great name, commanded Moses to stretch out his staff over the water and proceed through the sea on the path of dry ground provided by God. Moses stretched out his staff, there came a mighty wind that cleaved the sea into walls of water on either side and they walked from shore to shore without so much as a drop of water on their sandals.
The Egyptians, emboldened by the actions of the Israelites, and puffed up with their own perceived might foolishly sought to follow. The Lord brought confusion to the Egyptian army and destruction to their chariots so that the wheels fell off. The army realized in that moment that the God of the Israelites was fighting on their behalf and they had seen the terrors that His hand could bring and they sought to retreat. But Moses, as instructed by God, held his staff over the waters once more and they returned to their rightful place and the only Egyptians they saw again were washed up on the shore. The Lord fought for Israel once again.
No matter how fierce your enemies appear, they are nothing against the God who fights for you. You need not fear them; the Lord Himself will fight for you. Pharaoh’s army was mighty, but God is mightier still. If they come at you from every side, do not be dismayed. If they are bigger than you, stronger than you, and seem to have every advantage, pay them no mind.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
The Israelites could not lean on their own understanding. This was something no one had ever seen, a path in the midst of the sea with walls of water; they had to trust God. Their track record with that was not impressive and it did not get any better the further they went in the wilderness, but who are we to judge? Most of us can probably bear witness to these attitudes from time to time.
When all hope seems lost, stand and know that they Egyptians you see today you will never see again.