The door creaked open to the house built into the wall and two men entered. Standing across the room a woman observed them with a keen interest. Immediately, in her gut she felt an attraction to them. The attraction was so strong it drew her to the corner they occupied. This was not the ordinary attraction she was accustomed to with the others that entered her house determined to fulfill selfish, lust filled desires. Oh no, this attraction was filled with wonder, curiosity, and a burning deep down. Upon approaching them she asked,
“How may I serve you gentlemen, today?”
Quietly, whispering in hushed tones only her ears could hear as they both enraptured her with their stark stares one of them said, “Will you help us? We are being pursued and must get out of this city alive! For the Lord our God will turn this city over to our hand and victory shall be ours!”
Now, she knew just who the ‘us’ was he referred to because over the past countless weeks she had heard tales from customers she serviced of a people emboldened with power, might, and the miraculous. She heard about the one God they served who always upheld them and caused them to be victorious! This was her chance! The chance to dare to be different. As she intently looked from one then back to the other she said, “Follow me.”
Ladies, can you even begin to imagine how much this story of truth, determination, and of uninhibited faith wrecked me? The woman in the story mentioned above is one of our leading ladies mentioned in the Word of God known as Rahab. She was mentioned in what is called the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible. Let’s take a journey into the daring exploit that led to her choosing faith over fear. She dared to follow faith allowing her life to be transformed by the grace of God!
Then Joshua secretly sent out two spies from the Israelite camp at Acacia Grove. He instructed them, “Scout out the land on the other side of the Jordan River, especially around Jericho.” So the two men set out and came to the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there that night. Joshua 2:1 NLT
Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you. Give me some guarantee that when Jericho is conquered, you will let me live, along with my father and mother, my brothers, and sisters, and all their families.” Joshua 2:8-13 NLT
This woman saw an opportunity and she hopped on it! In the midst of being a social outcast, she was selfless! She made sure her whole family would be saved and provided for when the time came to abandon ship. Do you think her family would have done the same for her? Not likely. I can only imagine the thoughts flowing through her mind when she kept hearing story after story of the people called the Israelites. What made her different? What changed within her to cause her to believe what others called tales, as the truth?
There must have been a mighty stirring within her as she continued to hear about the Lord. She mentioned their Lord at least four times in the references above. She did not even know about faith, but she jumped right into it. Rahab believed the stories were true about the Lord. She confessed it with her mouth. She stepped out and acted on it by helping the spies without any regard to her own life at that point. If she had been caught she most certainly would have had to die. She believed so deeply that she was assisting the winning side it didn’t matter that she risked her life. All that mattered was the God of Israel kept his word, he would be victorious, and he would meet her faith with grace.
Whew! I am telling you! What a story! So, many lessons in her biblical highlight reel, but this was the one that stood out to me. She was a believer and had no idea that what she was endeavoring to do was live by faith. What a challenge for us ‘believers’ that know of and about faith and we still override our faith most times! She has challenged me to go forth and press into the mightiness of the Lord by his grace that bolsters our faith! I encourage you today friends to accept the challenge and DARE TO FOLLOW FAITH!
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