â€œ…and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” (Exodus 14:5)
It is remarkable how quickly we forget our reasons for doing what is right. Pharaoh was the prototype for this tendency of the human nature. When faced with the consequences of his decision to keep Godâ€™s people in Egypt, he willingly complied with Godâ€™s demands. As soon as his life was comfortable again, however, he completely forgot any good reason for obeying God and turned again to his old ways.
Here we find him having already released the children of Israel and now wondering why he ever did such a thing. The judgments and plagues that have so recently subsided are now far from his mind and all he can think about is what he is have given up in order to do the right thing. His choice to pursue the children of Israel and bring them back, was his ultimate undoing for this was where his entire army was drowned in the sea.
Satan will always tempt us to forget the conviction, grief and pain that our sin has caused us, so that he can ensnare us again and again in the same sins, until we are ultimately destroyed.