“Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two… “Go, look over the land.”…So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahaband stayed there.
The king of Jericho was told, “Look, some of the Israelites have come here tonight to spy out the land.” So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab: “Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.”
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, they left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) So the men set out in pursuit of the spies on the road that leads to the fords of the Jordan, and as soon as the pursuers had gone out, the gate was shut.
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land…Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family”…”Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her.” Joshua 2:1-14
The focus of someone powerful
God didn’t focus
on the exterior or immaturity in people’s lives, he looked for character. When he picked his ‘sport’s’ team, he didn’t just say, “Hey, who’s big and muscle-y?” He saw beyond the immediate physical appearance and said, “Hey, who has sustainable character? Who has the desire to love and honour others?” He knew what we didn’t. We looked and said, “starting a suicide squad, eh?” But God knows what we don’t, character trumps appearance. Appearance is fleeting anyways! I mean, look at celebrities!! Good today, gone tomorrow. It seems reputations change overnight.
The makings of a powerful person
God didn’t go to the squeaky clean, shiny plastic. He said, “get me a rock!” So we bring him these weirdly shaped, dirty rocks, he works gently and carefully (sometimes painfully) and chisels away the dirty bits. He shines and buffs and, next thing you know— BOOM, there’s an amethyst! There’s a ruby! There’s a diamond. God sees in us what we can’t see without him: the precious stone. I’m not talking about those weird crystals you name after your problems (like, ‘boyfriend’ and ‘single
’). I mean that he sees the Captain America inside the Steve Rogers. You’re welcome.
It’s SO interesting that God— the God, sent these spies to a prostitute, someone who was looked down upon. Not only was she a prostitute, but she was a woman. God CHOSE her to actually be IN the BIBLE. Whaaaaaaa?!!! THE Bible! Wow.
Sometimes we wonder what kind of picture God is putting together because his finger seems to be in front of the lens and all I see is dark fingerprintyness. But God is just setting up the shot and asking to trust
that, if it’s His fingerprint we’re looking at, we can trust it.
The unsuspected circumstances
Also, God uses us even in unlikely situations. When you feel the worst about yourself, God still sees the precious amethyst that’s in you. He still sees the glorious Cap who will singlehandedly hold a helicopter using only his bare biceps… I mean, hands. Hehe, hands! Anyways, God sees the diamond in us even when we don’t feel that precious. When we don’t feel like we deserve it.
I have felt afraid of stepping out into something great which God is calling me to, solely because I know the dirt in my life. I know the weakness and the cruddy stuff. In fact, I never really feel ‘worthy’ of being a part of his plan. The thing is, he keeps reminding me who he is and how he sees me: precious. Since he sees me that way, I can trust him with the tasks he assigns me.
Did Rahab know this one day and following through with this one decision would make her one of the most well known women in history? Probs not! I mean, I don’t even know how she felt about herself that day. What I do know is, God saw something strong and powerful in her. God saw courage. He saw character. He saw love.
Ok! Now I want to hear from you, what’s our favourite part of this story?
Have you ever felt afraid to step into something big and glorious because of the shame and humanity you feel? How did you overcome it?
Let me know in the comments below, I LOVE hearing from you guys.
Who’s your favourite Bible … person? Hahaha