By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: April 17, 2017
From Series: Paint the Town Red
Joshua 2:1, "Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. ‘Go, look over the land’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”
The providence of God is mysterious and miraculous. What we might consider “chance encounters” could actually be an arranged meeting by God. That is what happened in the life of Rahab and the Israeli spies. As the spies scouted the city of Jericho, they needed a place to hide. They found it in the home of Rahab, the prostitute. Scripture tells us that she knew who they were by the reputation that preceded them; the stories of the Israelites and their God were well known. She probably never anticipated that she would have an opportunity to meet them. But, there they were in her home and something in her was obviously drawn to want to know more about them and the God they served. So much so that she would ask them to save her and her family when the city fell. Because of a providential encounter and the courage to ask that she and her family be saved, Rahab ended up in the lineage of Jesus.
Rahab saw the evidence of God in the lives of the spies and she wanted what they had. As Christ-Followers, evidence of Him should be seen in our lives also. We never know if we might have a providential encounter with someone who is seeking Him. Don’t miss the opportunity for a divine encounter that could completely change the trajectory of someone’s life.
Thank God for His providential plan to save us through the death, burial and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ. Ask that He open your heart and eyes to the providential encounters He may have for you.
A red cord was used to identify Rahab and her family so they could escape Jericho as it was captured. Tie a red cord around your wrist or put it in a prominent place as a reminder to allow evidence of Him in your life.
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