Sometimes God uses unlikely people to do amazing things. Rahab, the harlot, showed extraordinary faith in God when Joshua’s spies came to Jericho.
“When we heard about your escape from Egypt and God parting the Red Sea,” she told the spies, “our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you.”
Then we see her faith. “For the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”
Whatever courage she lost, she regained when she believed in God. At great peril to herself and her family she fixed her eyes on the God who knew her. The God who cleansed her and healed her.
The spies told her to tie a scarlet chord out her window and gather all her family in her house.
“When we come to take the land,” they told her, “if we see the scarlet chord in your window you and all your family will live.” She obeyed their command and she and all her household were spared.
Like Rahab, when we become aware of God’s promises it changes everything. Because of her new-found extraordinary faith, Rahab knew God would save her. She displayed unconditional confidence in God? and believed He was a God who kept His promises.
We can have the same faith Rahab had if we will trust God and His promises, simply because He said them.
Footnote: God blessed Rahab for her faith in a mighty way. We read in Jesus’ lineage in Matthew that Rahab was the father of Boaz in the royal lineage of David.
A message by Gearl Spicer, pastor at One Heart Church, Norcross, Georgia, was inspiration for this post.