“Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure.
Do not come near it that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not
passed this way before.” Joshua 3:4
“Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before.”
We can become fearful sometimes as we look ahead because we’ve “never been there before.” But just as the Lord took care of Joshua and Israel, He will take care of us.
Perhaps right now you are anxious about some new and untried pathway on which the Lord is leading you. Then listen to God’s Word and take courage: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8).
Place your hand by faith in your heavenly Father’s hand, and let Him lead the way. God does not ask us to go where he does not lead.
The new path will test our faith, Israel was facing a path that would present to them some new tests. They face a swollen river Jordan to cross. Jericho’s intimidating walls were on the other side. There were giants in the land to fight and cities to conquer. It was only by faith that they were able to overcome their obstacles.
We must face our obstacles in faith as well. We may see looming in the distance things that we will have to face. We may not be able to see how they are to be accomplished. We must press on down this new path anyway. It will not only test us but the new path will point us to God’s provi- sion. Only by divine provision was Israel to cross Jordan and defeat Jericho.
God’s will for us is always connected with the provision to accomplish it. When God says ’Go’, we must know that He will bless us and help us in going. When you find the presence of God, follow the presence of God. Do not leave the presence of God. “Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. Don’t become so familiar to the things of God that you take them lightly, don’t lose your respect for the presence of God. Remember, God’s purpose for your life is not behind you but always ahead.
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