Growing up in South Texas, I loved going to Padre Island with friends. We would drive up the beach near the water line, where the sand was packed and there was plenty of traction. Every once in a while, we would get too close to the soft sand of the dunes and the wheels of the car would sink in. If the driver panicked and tried to accelerate out, the wheels would dig in deeper, and we were stuck! The only answer was to call Beach Patrol to pull us out—with consequences. Our parents would be called (and were not happy), and we would have to pay for the tow.
When the Egyptians followed the Israelites into the Red Sea corridor, God threw them into a panic, and their chariot wheels “drove heavily.” The consequence for the Egyptians was death. Trying to avoid consequences for our sinful behavior or poor decisions often digs us in deeper, seemingly beyond redemption—except for the fact that we have a Savior who, like the Beach Patrol, pulls us out of any depth of sin we may have sunk into. And there is no charge—the debt has been paid in full.
Prayer: Gracious God, we give you thanks for your Son who died for us to conquer sin and death, and by his resurrection brings us into eternal life. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Marty Ramey,
Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church in Kings Mountain, NC.