Joshua started early the next morning and left the Acacia Grove with all the Israelites. They went as far as the Jordan and stayed there before crossing. After three days the officers went through the camp and commanded the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God carried by the Levitical priests, you must break camp and follow it. But keep a distance of about 1,000 yards between yourselves and the ark. Don’t go near it, so that you can see the way to go, for you haven’t traveled this way before.”
– Joshua 2:23
The Arc of the Covenant represented the presence of God. Joshua knew where they needed to end up (in the Promised Land), but the journey to get there was filled the unknown. The Israelites were instructed to let the Ark of the Covenant (the Presence of God) go out before them so that they could clearly see the way to go.
As Christians we know our final destination, but our journey is filled with the unknown. God has called each of us to specific work, and in our pursuit of accomplishing this work we will face opportunities as well as obstacles. If we get out ahead of God, we may miss the path that God has in mind for our journey.
It’s always necessary to move forward in your journey with God, but don’t get out ahead of Him. Wait for the presence of God to go before you so that you can see the way to go, for you haven’t traveled this way before.
Heavenly Father, I am excited to walk this journey of life with you, and feel that you are calling me to a place in you that I haven’t been before, but I don’t want to get out ahead of you and miss the way. Give me the patience to wait on you when I am unsure, and give me eyes to see where your presence is leading me. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!