Joshua 6:25, “But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day.”
Like many stories throughout the Bible, Rahab's is one of redemption and forgiveness. She literally moved from the whore house to God's house! It wasn't by chance or circumstance or luck. Rahab was pursued by God because God had a purpose for her life.
What do any of us have to do with Rahab? More than we might think! The truth is that God has a purpose for your life. He is pursuing you. And not matter where you are, what you've done, or who you thought you were, God always has redemption in mind for you. It's all about the red rope of redemption. Have you taken hold of that rope? Because hope is in that rope!
Thank God for pursuing you passionately. Pray for the strength you need to turn from whatever you may be involved in and the humility to take hold of His red rope of redemption.
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Joshua 2:11, “When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
In any court of law, evidence is a crucial aspect of the proceedings. Evidence is defined as "something that makes plain or clear; an indication or sign." In short, evidence is what points to the truth.
We read yesterday about some of the evidence that Rahab had seen in the lives of the Israelites; evidence that caused her to put her faith in God. But take a moment to think about your own story. What evidence have you seen of God's hand around you? Look objectively at the evidence around you, and reflect on the truth - God's truth - that it is pointing you to.
Ask God to reveal His evidence in your life. Ask for eyes to see what He wants you to see so that you, like Rahab, can experience what He wants you to experience.
Yesterday you put a red cord around your wrist. Today, when you see that cord, think of a specific story or situation that God has allowed you to go through. And thank God for the evidence He has placed in your life!
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.