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By: Autumn Sisk

“Then Joshua, son of Nun, secretly sent two spies from Shittim. ‘Go look over the land,’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.” Joshua 2:1 (NIV)

What were two men of God doing staying with a prostitute?!!!

Rahab was, indeed, a prostitute, but she had recently decided to turn her life around. She had seen the greatness and power of the God of Israel, as news came weekly that the Israelites had conquered another town en route to their “Promised Land.” She knew that unlike the gods of her people, Israel’s God was real and mighty. In short, Rahab knew the only way she would be saved from the eminent destruction coming to Jericho was by serving the God of Israel.

Her chance came when the two Israelite spies arrived in her town. She quickly invited them into her house and hid them. They were undoubtedly wary of going into a prostitute’s home, but they soon realized she had faith in their God and would help them if they would spare her family during the battle.

You may think Rahab did this just out of desperation, but Joshua shows us her faith was sincere. It was so sincere that she turned away from her former life as a prostitute and became the wife of a well-respected Israelite man name Salmon. She lived the rest of her life serving God and raised her children in the ways of God. One of her sons was Boaz, a man of great faith and wealth. Boaz married Ruth (Read the book of Ruth for the story!). The relatives of Rahab are listed in Matthew chapter one. It is quite amazing to see the names listed in her family tree, which include King David and even Jesus!

God doesn’t care where we’ve been in the past. He wants us to put our trust in Him now. He is willing to forgive everyone, even a prostitute. He even used her family to bring His only Son into the world. Pretty cool, don’t you think?!

If you have ever thought God can’t use you because of mistakes in your past, remember Rahab. God can and will use you to do great things for Him. Will you allow Him? Put your trust in Him and there will be no limit to what He can do through your life!

Dear Lord, thank You that You are a God who forgives. Please forgive me of my past sins and help me to move forward in faith. I want to be used for Your good. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Ponder: Psalm 103:8-12, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever; He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (NIV)

Apply: Ask God to remove any guilt you feel from past mistakes and to strengthen you and help you not to make those same mistakes again. Take a moment every day to thank God for the blessings in your life. Make a list of those things and focus on them rather than dwell on the negatives in life.

Share: Do you ever feel like your past sins can‘t be forgiven?

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Blogger Rachelle (Rose) said...

Knew as soon as I read the title of this post that this was something I needed to read today! I have been fascinated with Rahab and her story of transformation lately, probably because that is the story of each individual child of God. I even blogged about it a while ago.
Thank you for encouraging me today!

Anonymous Autumn said...

Thanks Rachelle for your comment! I'm so glad someone got a blessing from this devotion. I was reading a book based on Rahab's life a few months ago and just had to write a devotion about her. I am always amazed at how God uses those of us who have mistakes and failures in our past. I think we only truly understand His Grace when we have experienced His forgiveness in our lives and let Him work to make us whole in His love. Autumn

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