Liabilities or a Life of Faith
Day: 2 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today’s Reading: Joshua 2
Joshua 2:8-9 (NIV) “Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, ‘I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you.’”
Recently, I met a young girl who was rescued from a life of prostitution. She took an extreme risk on a few Jesus-loving people she encountered one night and left a life of sin behind. As she trusted the truth, she courageously stepped out in faith to get on a bus headed home. Her story is real and a divine encounter for sure.
Today on the pages of Scripture we meet another woman who has a divine encounter with some of God’s people. She is a prostitute named Rahab, who takes an extraordinary risk and courageously steps out in faith. She too leaves a life of sin behind.
Rahab is a woman who by all worldly accounts has nothing going for her. She is a Gentile living in a pagan culture. She is a Canaanite living among a people ripe for judgment because of sin. (Genesis 15:16, 19-21; Deuteronomy 7:1-4; Deuteronomy 20:16-18) The Canaanites were a corrupt, vile people—who were engaging in immorality, idolatry and the sacrificing of children through their detestable religious practices. And Rahab was a prostitute.
In spite of this grim list of liabilities, Rahab has one thing going for her: She has heard about God … she is listening and receptive … and she believes what she hears!
All God is doing for the Israelites has a profound effect on Rahab. She is paying close attention to all she hears about God.
As a result, she knows the Lord is giving the land of Canaan to the Israelites. She knows the Lord has the power to deliver His people, and the powerful nations of Canaan are no match for Him. She knows God’s enemies are devoted to destruction. She knows the hearts of her own people are melting from fear because of their approaching judgment. And she knows the Lord, the God of Israel, is the God who rules over the heavens and the earth! He is Sovereign! He is all-powerful, and He gives His people victory! (Joshua 2:9-11)
What is Rahab’s response to the truth she hears?
She risks her life and the life of her family to hide and help the spies. She abandons her sinful past and the people of Jericho to demonstrate her trust in God and to show her loyalty to His people. She takes a courageous stand and manifests her faith in a concrete way as she determines to follow God at any cost.
To put it quite simply, Rahab acts on what she knows to be true about God! That is what faith is. Acting on what you know is true about God.
Rahab is a woman who is strong and courageous. She is a woman willing to risk everything to take a strong stand of faith. But perhaps the most compelling thing about Rahab is she chooses to act on the truth of who God is rather than stay stuck in the truth about who she was. Her long list of liabilities loses its power over her as she steps out in faith and trusts God. Rahab is the first victory of faith in the Promised Land.
What about us? Each of us has a list of liabilities in our life. But are we willing to step away from that list and by faith take our place among God’s people? Are we willing to abandon our shortcomings and the culture engulfing us to take a courageous stand for the truth of God? And do we have the faith to believe God for victory in our lives?
Prayer: Lord God, You are Sovereign over all things! You are all-powerful, and nothing is too difficult for You. Lord, I want to listen and take to heart every truth You reveal about Yourself. Help me stand in courage and obedience to Your truth. Give me a heart that is willing to risk everything I am on You and You alone! Lord, I don’t want my list of liabilities to define me. Instead, I want my faith in You to be the ultimate definition of me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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