Choices, Faith, Mercy

Rahab – A Life Changed

“For the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11

The Lord’s strength and power were evident for all to see and yet the Israelites often doubted His ability and were somehow unable to see what they had in their very midst. Ironically, those on the outside seemed to see things a lot more clearly and were terrified by what they saw. When Balak saw what had happened to the Amorites, he sent for Balaam to put a curse on the people because Moab was over come with fear of the people of Israel (Num22).

When Joshua sent the spies into Jericho, Rahab confessed, ‘we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, and what you did to the two kings, Sihon and Og, and our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you.’ Rahab recognised the power and the authority of the LORD God of Israel and knew she had a choice to make. She could choose life or she could choose death. It was the same choice that God had given his own people just a short time before:

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. By loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live, and the Lord shall bless you. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish” (Deut30).

Rahab chose life, for she chose to walk in the ways of God, and God blessed her and changed her life completely. She married Salmon, from the line of Judah, and they had a son called Boaz.

It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, for there is no life that God cannot turn around and there is no life that he will not bless when you choose to walk in his ways.

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