One day, while crossing an Australian harbor by ferryboat, the writer noticed that most of his fellow passengers preferred to sit facing the direction in which they were traveling. On its return trip, the boat would merely go into reverse, and the returning passengers would reverse the adjustable seats so that they too would face forward.

This tendency of preferring to face forward is universal. We naturally like to see where we are going. But does it not also indicate an innate desire to go forward, to be progressive?

As the Israelites fled from Egypt, pursued by the Egyptians, they came to the Red Sea. To them, it must have seemed virtually impossible to go farther. But to Moses, their inspired leader, there was a way forward, regardless of the seemingly impassable physical barrier. Moses encouraged them by saying (Ex. 14:13), "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day." And we read that God proceeded to open the way, for Moses received the command: "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." Then the waters receded, and the Israelites were able to cross the Red Sea and go forward towards the promised land.

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