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The Egyptian King simply could not learn. After his pride and stubbornness cost his nation their infrastructure and the lives of their firstborn, The Pharaoh decided he would cowboy up and take God on one more time. So pharaoh gathered up his best troops, their best military equipment and headed out to capture the people he just released.

If pharaoh had simply reviewed his choices of the last month or so– he would have remembered that each one carried a higher and higher cost. If he and his advisors would have reasoned at all, they would have realized their ability to rebuild was in large part dependent on their ability to defend themselves if another nation attacked—the army was critical and about all they had left. Hmmm.

Sin in our lives does the same thing. We allow sin to override reason and destroy the very critical things that allow us to live. Our integrity, our families, our health and our professional lives are destroyed because we are selfish and do things that do not honor God. That is why He calls us to seek him and to follow him. If we do, we do no harm to our lives, our families and our future. What’s more, he actually protects us and provides for us even when we are under attack or have a great loss. As Jesus himself said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. Pharaoh will think, ‘The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord.” So the Israelites did this.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly. The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen[a] and troops—pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon