"When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.” - Joshua 3:3The Ark of the Covenant in those days represented the very presence of God. It was His seat. It was the place where His Spirit dwelled. To follow the Ark meant to follow God.
So God is saying: “When you see me move, follow me.” Follow God. That is what we are supposed to do. We are not called to follow our own plans and our own desires. We are not called to follow what the world is doing and where they are going. We are not called to follow everyone else. We are not even called to follow our friends and family. We are called to follow God.
“Then we will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.” - Joshua 3:4
How often do we ask, “What should I be doing? What is my purpose? Which way should I go?” The answer is always “FOLLOW GOD”. Go where God is going. We can look to the life and words of Christ to help us understand this. What did Jesus do? How did He live? Where did He go? He didn’t live for His own comfort – He didn’t even have a place to lay His own head. He lived for His Father and for others. He gave everything for everyone else. So, which way should we go? Where is God going? What is on His heart? What does God want us to be doing? Too many people end up like a deer staring into the headlights of life and not moving – they’re frozen. They want to do what God wants them to do, but they keep sitting around, paralyzed, waiting for His direction. The problem is, most people are looking for some kind of miraculous sign or wonder – like a cosmic billboard with their name on it and a big blinking arrow saying “go this way!" However, God has already given them the answer in His Word. He wrote it out for us so that we would know exactly what we are supposed to do and which direction we are to take. He has shown us which way to go.