Today’s reading: Joshua 3:1-6

Upon receiving a positive report from the two spies from returning Jericho, Joshua takes action by moving the Israelites to the edge of the Jordan river dividing them from the land they were about to enter and take. As I read, I tried to imagine what it would have been like to be a part of this event. Emotions and excitement had to have been running high. The Israelites were well aware of God’s promise to give them this land, and now they could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being a wise and discerning leader, Joshua understood this, and so the instructions dispersed to the people included the specific commands to follow after and keep a good distance from the ark so each person would know the correct direction to go.

“As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before” (vs. 3-4).

These instructions caught my attention today. Why? Because I have a propensity to run ahead of God, especially when I’m excited about on opportunity He has put before me. When I do this, though, I end up slowing down the process, muddying the water, or veering off path. God knows the way–ALWAYS. I just need to learn to follow.

Is it your practice to seek God’s direction and guidance, especially when you’re getting ready to move forward in a particular area or with a certain project? How do you guard against getting ahead of God’s plan and timing? Tami

Source: Tami’s Blog