A Sure Belief

Joshua 2:9-11
And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.  For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.  And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.

Rahab recognized the realness and greatness of God from afar, as an outsider, a stranger, an enemy of God, and a person involved in an immoral occupation.  But no matter who it originated in, what kind of person, it was still genuine faith in God, a belief that He was the one doing those amazing things and thus one to be feared.  But it was more than that, because she knew that this Jehovah of the Israelites was the God, the one ruling and reigning over heaven and earth.  And when she understood the different kinds of things that God did, maybe she also hoped, perhaps, that He could do something special for her.

The certainty of that knowledge changed Rahab’s behavior.  It caused her to betray her own people and help Jericho’s enemies.  She knew certain destruction was coming, and so she chose to stand on God’s side for the sake of her own life and her family’s.  So, are we living like we believe those things about God to be absolutely true?  What will that certain knowledge cause us to do?  Once we know for sure in our own hearts and lives the realness of God and what He can do, how will that change our behavior, our choices, our future?

Because Rahab’s future certainly changed dramatically the day she decided to side with Jehovah over Jericho.  Instead of being killed, she lived.  Instead of destruction, she could rebuild her life.  She ended up marrying one of the spies and becoming the mother of Boaz, part of the lineage of Christ, part of Israel because of that one decision she made.  And so, too, our future drastically changes course when we choose God over everything else.  When we believe in Jesus, we receive new life, a new chance, a better hope, something more to come because we are part of God’s family.

Do the choices we make reflect the belief that we have in God?  Are we basing our lives on the certainty that God exists and He is who the Bible says He is and He’s done all those things His Word says He did?  Then let us side with Him and dedicate our lives to Him.  Let us allow the freedom we’ve gained through Him to change the whole course of our lives and set us on a path of righteousness and obedience and service to this mighty God who has captured our hearts.

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