Today we get the opportunity to read about another person who put their faith into action. That in this faith they trusted God to fulfill His promise. These men and women of Hebrews 11 tell how by our faith, God is pleased. Hebrews 11:6.
Hebrews 11:1-2 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.
Today’s Readings is from Joshua 2 and Joshua 6. The story of Rahab is shared. As I have reflected on the story of Rahab and her faith I’m reminded of a few points we can apply to our lives today.
- God loves us, He uses the most unlikely people to build His kingdom. Rahab was a prostitute who lived in part of the city wall. Joshua 2:1. What sin has held you back? Do you know anyone who thinks that God couldn’t love them because of choice they made? Let today be the day that you tell them for the first time or remind them that Jesus was sent to Earth to die for their sins and ours. Yes, just like Romans 3:23 says, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, still God takes us wherever we are at. Whatever sins we have made, and washes us clean. Hebrews 10:22 says let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
- Rahab risked her life for the Lord. The king of Jericho could of easily had her killed if he knew she was lying or would of got caught. Still she had faith. Maybe, our lives may not be in danger in America but there are many places where that is still real. Today, we are blessed with the opportunity to show our faith freely, will you take that opportunity. You may not need to hide people in your attic, but could you share your faith with someone? After all, you never know if the courageous conversation will plant a seed to change the eternal destination for them. 1 John 5: 11-13 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.
- Rahab feared the Lord, that their hearts melted in fear. She says that the Lord our God is God in heaven and on the earth below. Joshua 2:11. God wants us to fear Him. A fear that reminds us through the day that He is in control. A fear that provides us with the trust and faith that He does reign in heaven and here on earth. In Ecclesiastes 5 and 12 I’m reminded that there are so many meaningless things that we pursue and make part of our lives. Solomon says, Fear God and keep his commandments.
- Rahab was given a new life. Her faith and fear of the Lord saved her and allowed her and her family to live. We have been given an new life. Our faith in God takes our past, washes us clean, and leaves us with the opportunity to share this new life with others until the day comes where He comes to bring us home. Will you have the opportunity to share this new life with someone? 1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Dear Almighty Father,
Thank you for sharing this story of truth with people of faith like Rahab. Knowing that our sinful past is washed clean through our faith, love, and the relationship we have with you. Thank you for this new life. We pray that we can be a testimony and witness to others today. We love you. Amen