However, there shall be a distance between you and it of about 2,000 cubits (3,000 ft.) by measurement. Do not come near it, [a]so that you may [be able to see the ark and] know the way you are to go, for you have not passed this way before.”
When the children of Israel were crossing the Jordan River to enter into the land of promise, they were given several commands to follow. They were to look at the Ark of the covenant carried by the priests and they were to follow it. Today we zero in on the next thing they were told to do and that is to keep their distance. How does that relate to us today and entering into a new season?
Proverbs 9:10 (AMP)
The [reverent] fear of the LORD [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence], And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.
One important thing we are to remember and take seriously is to reverence the Lord, keep our distance and remember that he is God. The fear and reverence of God is the beginning of wisdom. The people in Nazareth did not experience the power of God as much as other places because they were familiar with Jesus. To them he was just a carpenter’s son.
Interesting it says that they should keep their distance so that they can see the way that they should go. This means that when you become familiar and casual with Gods presence then it becomes hard for you to see where He is directing you.
Could it be that the reason you are having a hard time to get direction from God is because you have become familiar and casual with the things of God?
To fear the Lord means that we walk in obedience to his word and commands. To fear him means we walk in faith believing that he will do what he has promised. To fear God means that we seek to please him more than we seek to please men.
Who is one person that you honor and respect, why?
What are some ways we show disrespect for God?
How does Proverbs 1:7 , 9:10 relate to this devotion?