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.
I love how freely God gives grace. One simple act of faith from Rahab and God bestowed upon her freedom and righteousness! One simple act of faith and God washed away all of her past sins. Just as great, this passage makes it clear that He adopted Rahab and her kin into the nation of Israel?!
What’s troubling about this is that when I look at how the church often treats people with histories such as Rahab, we see them as damaged goods who need rehabilitation or even worse casting out. But that is not how God sees them. In actuality, God is patiently waiting for that one moment where they act in faith of God. Or for that one window where a drop of grace can transform the life of this damaged person. God is a shepherd who eagerly seeks out his lost sheep, we should be keen to follow his example.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God.