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. Joshua 3:4 (KJV)
According to the command of God, the ark was carried before the people, namely, to point them out the way that they should go. Out of respect for its holiness they were to keep a certain distance, but that distance also allowed them to have the better view of the greatness of the miracle of God dividing the waters of Jordan. As we pass into this New Year we must remember that it is unfamiliar territory and keep in mind that God is leading the way and follow Him. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future. Let God lead the way; He knows the way because He is the Way.