“Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before" (v4). Joshua commanded the Israelites to let the priests carrying the ark of the covenant lead the way, while they followed at a distance, so that they would be sure to go the right way. As God showed His miraculous power – such as making a path through the Jordan – they were commanded to follow in faithful obedience (v13-16).
“Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you” (v10). As God shows us His kindness and His power, our faith grows, and we become more willing to follow wherever He leads.