“…God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, because it was near, for God said, ‘Perhaps the people will reconsider when they see a war, and they will return to Egypt’.” ( Exodus 13:17).
Why did God make it well-near impossible for His People to return to Egypt? After all, the reason He took them out in the first place was because they screamed and cried for Him to take them out, so if in the future they might decide to go back, why not let them?
Each of us is trapped in our own little “Egypt”. The Egypt of materialism. The Egypt of indulgence. The Egypt of doubt, of depression, of selfishness.
It takes a lot of hard work to get us out of those Egypts. And if we manage to make it out, there will always be a ‘good old friend’ who will give us a call or send us a text, and say ‘Hi, why don’t we hang out together tonight!” The only way to make sure that ‘good old friend’ can’t drag us back to Egypt is to burn our bridges so there’s no way back.
God knew that the true desire of the His People was – and still is – to be close to Him, but He led us through the sea because He wanted to burn our bridges to make it easier for us to leave Egypt once and for all.