Inspirational Thought of the day:
God’s transforming truth makes us truth bearers.
“Anyone who leaves your house will be responsible for his own death–we are innocent in that case! But if anyone with you in the house is harmed, we will be responsible. 20 If you should report what we’ve been up to, we are not bound by this oath you made us swear.”
Truth is so very sweet to the soul. Words like integrity, honesty, and responsibility smack of a valor from another era, but are just as much required of the child of God as they always were.
On the verge of imminent attack from Israel, Rahab took a risk. She trusted in the spies from Israel and betrayed her own country in so doing. This shrewd maneuver spared her family and ultimately her son, Boaz, who was in the lineage of the geneology of Christ. God’s sovereignty always trumps all of man’s plans.
It is amazing to consider that she would trust these strangers, who were coming to destroy her people. Why would they spare a prostitute? What made her place her faith in them, her enemy?
Seeing God’s activity on the Israelites behalf was a testimony to Rahab. If the God of this universe would part the Red Sea for His people, she wanted to be counted as one of them. If a Holy God would do such things for His people, they must bear character worthy of such favor.
God’s mercy on Rahab and His people is such an example of the sweet grace of God, who had compassion on us, as well. He could have destroyed us, yet chose to include us in His family. With such mercy, we, too, are ambassadors of this grace so given.
As Christians, we stood before Truth incarnate and He judged us as innocent. Not because we were guiltless, but because His grace was greater. So often we forget this precious truth and do not bear the character of the One who redeemed us.
Promises are often unkept, sins repeated and grace often abused. We lie to one another. We who have been extended such grace should not participate in or tolerate glossing over realities with half truths and schmoozing, which should be far from the people of God.
The Red rope hung from her window is reminiscent of the red painted over the Israelite’s door frames during the Passover, symbolic of the blood that covers us, too. Our salvation has the potential to cover those in our household, as well, if we walk in the grace and truth God imparted to us.
Oh God, may Your involvement in our lives be obvious to those around us! Help us to never forget the great salvation that You have provided and to represent you well, all for Your glory.