Thursday, August 26, 2021

Like Rahab

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Joshua 2:18 (GWT): When we invade your land, tie this red cord in the window through which you let us down. Also, gather your father, mother, brothers, and all your father’s family into your house.

Tricia was lost in thought as she walked back home from her evening music class and it showed. Ezinwa could tell because Tricia was usually the chatty one but that night, she was all quiet and somber. So, while everyone said their goodbyes and went their separate ways, she waited to enquire what was so heavy on Tricia's heart.

“It looks like God just delights in answering the prayers of bad people much more than those who show him more devotion”, blurted Tricia to Ezinwa’s inquiry.

It turned out Tricia had been praying for a certain health condition to be turned around for a while now, while Pat who just got saved barely a month ago already had testimonies of divine healing and supernatural help. Ezinwa thought long and hard on how to respond to Tricia, so she asked:

“What, in your opinion, is the most remarkable thing about Rahab?”

“Her profession”? replied Tricia.

Think again.

Here is a woman who heard the same report of the works of the God of Israel and the same account that simply generated fear in the heart of every other person who heard it, stimulated something more than just fear in her (See Joshua 2:.9-12)

So much so she was willing to risk death by lying to the messengers of the King of Jericho, she was willing to stake her life just to align with the people of this God she had heard about. She elicited a promise and a token from these spies and so kept a red cord on her window in response to their assurance.

And that was not all, she took the next step to ask her family and relatives to come camp in her room. How easy do you think it is to go say to your family,

“Hey, these guys are going to conquer this city and the only safe place is my room. Come camp in my room till they return or risk death”

And if they say, ‘what makes you so sure?’, ‘she’d reply, ‘You see that red cord, as long as it hangs over my window, you can be sure that come what may, we will not suffer the fate of the rest of the city, that is the promise they made me’

The most remarkable thing about Rahab was her faith, and the writer of Hebrews agrees (See Hebrews 11:31). You see, God is about favoring supposedly ‘bad’ persons like a good PR strategy, it is just that people who have no brownie points with God just tend to totally depend on God in faith in ways which some ‘established’ people do not. It is the faith that produces the result, and not their history.

Go into today simply trusting in the Lord like a child would his/her parent. This kind of faith pleases the Lord.
—Ikechukwu Mpama

Bible in 1 Year: I Thessalonians 1-3 (in today's audio)

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