Follow The Ark
2 After three days the officers went throughout the camp,3 giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. 4 Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about two thousand cubitsbetween you and the ark; do not go near it.”
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.”
6 Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
The ark was not just accent furniture for the Israelites. The ark represents the anointing of God and the presence of God. The ark represents the will of God and it is important for all of us to learn to follow the will of God and not our own will or the will of others. If the Israelites needed to know their purpose and what to do, they needed to follow the ark. The officers gave direction to all of the people at the camp that whenever the ark moved, they got up and followed wherever the ark of the covenant of the Lord went.
Sometimes in life, we like the usual and the familiar. Surely the Israelites wanted to lounge around a bit longer after they were at a certain location and setup camp. Perhaps some of them wanted to get ahead and the ark remained at the camp for an extended period of time. The issue comes to timing for God’s people. We cannot predict what will happen in our lives. We can plan, but when God makes it clear to us to go a certain path or change our direction, then it is best to follow God’s will. We no longer follow the ark, but we now follow the Spirit of God, if we allow it to work in our lives.