READ: The Story of Rahab (Joshua 2)
She had heard of the Israelites’ God… that He had given the land of the Canaanites to the people of Israel, that He had fought on Israel’s behalf, that He had parted the Red Sea so His people could pass through. She knew that God had been faithful to His people. And now, Rahab had to make a tough decision: stay with her people in Jericho, or ask to join the Israelites.
If she stayed in Jericho, she would be protected by the Canaanite army in the upcoming battle and be surrounded by people she knew. She would be in a place she was familiar with.
But if she decided to help the Israelite spies and the guards of Jericho found out about it, she could lose her life. Besides, she only had the promise from a few spies that she and her family would be saved when the Israelites attacked Jericho. What if the spies were lying? What if she let them go and she died anyway?
The decision was difficult, but Rahab knew what her heart yearned to do. She didn’t yet know this God of the Israelites, but she wanted to. She wanted to join God’s people.
But would they accept her? It wouldn’t be hard for them to figure out what she did to make money. Though prosperous, she was still somewhat of an outcast. If God’s people could somehow get past that, she might be able to start over again. Start fresh. Make different choices. Honorable ones.
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
Yes, she would take the chance. She would hide the Israelite spies and help them escape. She would run away from this life when they attacked her city. It was risky… and yet, she had already seen that this God was faithful. What would it be like to be in that kind of relationship instead? Her heart pounded as she began to imagine…
- In what way(s) do you connect with Rahab?
- Are there places in your life where you’d like to start fresh? List them here.
- Is God inviting you to walk away from something or someone so that you can follow Him more closely? If so, what is it?
This is a devotion from our Imagine Bible Study.