God’s people faced a crisis. Disaster appeared behind them and before them. Death threatened—by the Egyptian army or the Red Sea, respectively (Exodus 14:5-10a).
In fear the people looked back. Their past life of slavery (that held no hope then or now) was the “normal” they desired (vss.10b-14). The life they had complained about was the alternative they desired over the present crisis.
It is a human frailty—when the future looks bleak we desire what is familiar (even when it was unfulfilling when we lived it).
God’s words to His people through Moses was summarized in the phrase—”“move on”” (vs.15). It was time to face a “new normal”—a remarkably different future.
The future that lies before us is where God is leading us. He would remind us to not let the past be a distraction. It’s time to move forward…with God—to experience the new future He has planned!