We have often heard the sayings, “The faith of a child” or “Have a mustard seed of faith”. We know both of these passages come from scripture, and they ring nicely to our ear.
Today, I want to encourage you to have the faith of a harlot.
Joshua sends the two spies into the land. Their first stop might seem a bit sketchy. They stop at the house of Rahab the harlot. This was the perfect pace to gather information – A harlot would answer questions without asking any in return, and her house was in the perfect location for them to see the land but to escape easily.
Yet, God directed these men to this harlot’s house. Again, this seems like the opposite of what we would expect.
Rahab had something that was precious to the Lord- she had a heart open to Him.
This woman had a bad reputation. She lived on the edge of society, a sign of rejection from the people around her. She would have heard about the Israelites. She was probably sure that they were coming to invade. Her home and her position made her most vulnerable.
God knew her heart. God knew she was open to Him. So He directed his spies there.
Her first step of faith and courage was accepting the spies into her home. She knew she was in a dangerous position – she could lose her life for harboring the spies. She took the risk – a leap of faith – because of that God she had heard about.
Her second step of faith was protecting them when she was asked.
She also asked boldly that her family would be protected – even though they were not the ones offering the service of protection.
These may seem like small steps of faith – but for her, they were huge.
Messed Up Life Leads to Faith
Maybe you can relate to Rahab. Your life has gone anything but perfect- but God seems to be calling you to “small” steps of faith. Know this. God can and will use any heart that is willing to surrender to Him. Her lifestyle had been sin-filled – there is no doubt about that. Yet, God can mend and change the pieces of a broken life. God can use the Rahab’s of this world to change the landscape of eternity.
God protected Rahab because of her faith – not because of her perfect life. God’s isn’t asking you to bring Him perfection – but to obey in Faith before Him!
The Legacy of Faith in Rahab
The legacy of Faith that Rahab had did not end in chapter 2 of Joshua. No, it continues on. She is the mother of Boaz. Boaz, the kinsman redeemer of Ruth. She is in the lineage of David. She is in the lineage of Christ. Her story lives on as one of only two women in the Hall of Faith in Hebrew 11.
God took a Gentile harlot – the least likely of all – and placed her right in the lineage of Christ. What a beautiful picture of redemption that is.
If God can do that in her life – what can He do in yours?
Worshiping With My Life,