“and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. 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.” And Joshua said to the people, “Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.”
Joshua 3:3-6 NKJV
The times are most certainly uncertain. Many of the things we are seeing, we have seen before, and endured. But never have we seen all the things, of all severities at the same time. I go to bed breathless, as I am one who likes to try and keep up, desiring to know when the other shoe will drop.
Many shoes are dropping, far more shoes than feet to bear.
It is in those moments that I, I am thankful that I have the Lord. God has given us His Scripture, the document of His sovereignty, written over centuries and given to us as a guide to follow, for we have not gone this way before.
I thought of that as I read Joshua chapter three this morning. The Lord was guiding His people, and instructed Joshua not to get to close for he and the children of Israel had not been that way before.
There is a hidden desire to seek to micro examine the word of God, to determine where He is going, to try and know His will before He has revealed it. I have learned that there is a need to simply be still, and see what the Lord is doing. Careful observation requires distance, whether it be space or time, as the Lord does what He does in His time and space.
“Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
Psalms 46:8-11 NKJV
The world is entering the darkness, where light is all but absent, but we who are followers of Jesus have the light of the Son to guide us. Let us use that light to observe all that is before us, leaning upon the Lord for guidance was we proceed upon terrain that is foreign for us, on the way to a place we have not been before.
Brothers and sisters, we know the glory that Jesus has promised as He has promised to take us to where He is. Let us seek Him, watch and follow, knowing that He will lead us. Let us not seek to go before Him, nor straggle too far back.
Let us sanctify our selves, setting are hearts apart from this world, and toward the glory to come. Turn from the sins that have beset you, from the things that can take your eyes off of the Lord, thus losing sight of Him in these critical days.
Though it all seems so dark right now, let us marvel at the wonders the Lord will do in the coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps, years. The Lord will do great things, marvelous things right before our eyes. May our vision not be clouded, that we fail to see the blessings He has set before us.
May we be sensitive to the urgings of the Holy Spirit, not letting our hearts become seared. The Lord has given us His Helper as our guide, along with His word.
““Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.””
John 17:24-26 NKJV
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