Observation: Joshua sent two spies into the land on the other side of the Jordan River. They ended up at the home of a woman named Rahab, and as soon as the king of Jericho found out, he sent his men to Rahab’s house. In an attempt to save them, she claimed that they had already left her house when they were actually hidden on her roof. In exchange for her protection, the men agreed to spare her life and the life of her family when the Israelites would later invade the land.
Application: When I was in college, I worked in the admissions office, processing applications for prospective students. Most of these students submitted long lists of their attributes and extracurricular activities in an attempt to qualify for a coveted spot in the newest freshmen class. They had glowing recommendation letters; they had respectable SAT scores; they had AP classes. They were captains and presidents and employees and winners and recipients and scholars and interns.
In a highly-competitive environment, they had to be enough on their own. They had to study harder, persevere longer, and build better – so that one spring day, they could tear open a letter that began with “I’m pleased to inform you…”
Sometimes our lives feel like the college admission process. We become obsessed with what we can do, what we can achieve, what we can produce, all so that we can “make it.” We foolishly believe that God only calls the qualified, when the truth is that God qualifies the called.
Look at Rahab. The woman was a prostitute. She wasn’t a princess or community leader or even a faithful wife – she was a prostitute. That’s not exactly a profession that you want to brag about. On paper, she certainly wasn’t “qualified” to be an advocate for the Israelites or to be recognized for her faith centuries later.
“It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” – Hebrews 11:31
Rahab wasn’t defined by her profession; she was defined by her faith.
When the Israelites come to capture Jericho, they protect Rahab and her family. Eventually, her family tree includes King David and Jesus Christ himself. Rahab’s moment of courage gave birth to our eternal hope.
With God, our life is no longer an admissions process, assuming he can only use us if we possess certain scores or hold specific positions. He can use each of us with our brokenness and our sin, if we’re willing to put our full trust in him.
Prayer: God, thank you for seeing us and using us -- just as we are. I pray for the courage to have faith and to make hard decisions that glorify you. I ask that I stand firm in who I am through you. Amen.