Joshua 3:1-4 Steve Heyduck
Every once in awhile, as I am typing an address into google maps, and before I press “enter” or “directions,” I try to remember what it was like to go someplace new before we had GPS navigation.
It’s hard to remember! Now, I had been driving and finding my way around for at least 20 years before GPS directions became ubiquitous. I remember the “transition years” of MapQuest; you know, where you would type the location or address into your computer, and then print out the multi-page map giving details for your drive to the destination?
That was an easy transition for me; I had grown up in a AAA family, and have fond memories of using the Triptiks AAA provided for all our family vacations. For all the other directions we needed, I suppose we called ahead and simply asked someone.
Joshua is preparing the people to cross the Jordan River and begin to take possession of the Promised Land. He tells them to follow the Ark of the Covenant, “God’s chest,” in this translation, but not too close. They’re supposed to stay at least 3000 feet away! That’s more than half a mile; unless the trip is all on flat land, they wouldn’t be able to see what they were following!
But Joshua encourages them. He tells them, “You will know the way you should go, even though you’ve never traveled this way before.”
Isn’t that awesome! They’ve been on this journey for up to 40 years! I wrote “up to 40 years” because many of them were younger than that. These had been on this journey literally all their lives! Therefore, Joshua encouraged them, You’ll know the way you should go, even though you’ve never traveled this way before.”
Do you know how to get where God is leading you? Yes! You know the way you should go. Even though you’ve never been there before, you’ve been on this journey for some time now. Keep going!
Prayer: For peace to face the unknown