Saturday, January 24, 2015

Bible Women: Rahab--No Turning Back


No Turning Back
     So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. And she lives among the Israelites to this day. Joshua 6:25
     Rahab made several choices, and once she did, there was no turning back. First she chose to let the men into her house. She knew they weren't from Jericho. They dressed and talked differently from the men she saw every day. Then she chose to hide them and send those looking for them another way.
     Rahab chose to believe God sent these men, and that God was going to destroy her city. And finally Rahab made a decision that she wouldn't be destroyed along with the others. She made the spies promise to spare her. Then she acted on faith and did exactly what they told her to do. She hung the red cord out her window and gathered her family so they would be spared too.

     Once Rahab did these things, there was no turning back. In fact, there was nowhere to turn back to. Her city was gone. How different Rahab was from Mrs. Lot who didn't want to leave her home even though it was going to be destroyed. Mrs. Lot looked back and longed for all she had left behind. Not so for Rahab. She took the escape route the spies provided and lived among the Israelites from that time onward.
     Once Rahab made her decision, there was not turning back. Do you share that same desire? Will you follow Jesus wholeheartedly?

No matter what you have done in the past, you can be known for the choices you make today. If you haven't done so already, commit to following God right now. If you've been following God for a while, don't give up. Ask God to help you make choices that honor him today and in the future.

If you want to learn more about Bible women, check out my book The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible published by Tyndale.

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