Regretting a good decision leads to disaster

Old Testament: Exo 14.5–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Exodus 13–15 on January 27, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Pharaoh finally made the decision to let the children of Israel go, but some time passed and he thought about what he had done, and tried to get them back: 

Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, “Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him. Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.

– Exodus 14.5–9 

Pharaoh had no idea of the disaster he was inviting upon his army. It would be like an eleventh plague, because the Lord would destroy the entire army of Pharaoh in the Red Sea. Pharaoh should have stuck with his decision to let Israel go. 


  • Have you regretted making a good decision, which then led to a problem? 
  • Are you willing to bend to the Lord’s will? 

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