Each day as I walk the mile along our road to the paved highway I pass a special bit of history. Lots of years ago members of the Ute tribe of native people bent and bound the trunk of a pine sapling with rawhide causing the tree to grow in almost an "s" shape . The bottom curve parallel to the ground pointed to their destination. Others coming down the hill later knew which direction their leaders had traveled.
Signs are important. We need guidance in unfamiliar territory. When the children of Israel were entering the land God promised them, the priests led the way carrying the ark. The people were to keep their eyes on the ark and follow it. They had never been that way before. (Joshua 3:4)
The ark contained the two stone tablets with the commandments of God governing the lives of His people. Under the new covenant following Jesus' death, burial and resurrection, followers of the Lord Jesus are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18) Believers are led by the Holy Spirit, God with us and in us. (Romans 8:14)
The Lord led the children of Israel assuring them that they would hear a word saying, "This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21 Amp.) If we keep our eyes on Jesus we will stay on the right path. He taught the people that He is the way. (John 14:6) We come to know the character of God as we look to Christ.
Each new day brings us to another portion of the route. We can't know what we will encounter until we've walked it. The One who does know what lies ahead will make the journey with anyone who asks Him. Equipped with the Scriptures and prayer, we will hear a word or see a sign post every time we need it.