Ye Have Not Passed This Way Heretofore
3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore.
Herein lies a most excellent piece of wisdom for we who would learn to follow God. As Joshua prepared to lead the people of Israel into the land of promise, he instructs them to remain behind the ark of the covenant; this way they will be able to follow the direction it leads, for they have never passed this way before. Similarly, it is in our best intrest to remain well behind God’s leadership when we are entering into phases of our life that we are presently unfamiliar with. To follow God from behind is far better than attempting to be in front of him.
[For the Lord will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; He will lead in paths that they have not know. He will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.]
KJV Isaiah 42:16
Brian Johnson, Ph.D.