Monday, August 4, 2014

Unfamiliar Territory

I have been reading about Joshua and the Israelites. In Joshua 3, they are preparing to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

As they were preparing to leave, Joshua told the people to wait until they saw the ark of the covenant leave the camp. Then they should pack up and move, following it. He says to keep a distance from the ark as they go.

"Don't go near it," Joshua says, "so that you can see the way to go, for you haven't traveled this way before." (Joshua 3:4)

The people had to focus on the ark, the presence of God. They were moving into unfamiliar territory and the only way to stay on track was to focus on God.

Right now we are on a way we haven't traveled before. Some of our journey has been similar. But we are traveling new territory. How do we stay on track? Focus on God.

Unfamiliar territory can be unsettling, scary. Focus on God. He never changes. He leads and He protects.

At times, unfamiliar territory seems wrong. The circumstances make little logical sense. The path is overgrown, faded, or just plain missing. Focus on God. His ways are not our ways. But He doesn't abandon us; He leads in His own way.

We've laced up our boots and are ready to hit the trail. Focusing on God.

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