Today’s Scripture: Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee. Joshua 2:12–14
The next time you think your faith doesn’t matter, remember Rahab. Like the other citizens of Jericho, she shuddered with fear after hearing reports of Israel, the fledgling nation whose God went before them and fought their battles. She and her friends and neighbors gasped in awe after word spread about Israel’s defeat of the Amorite kings. Yet Rahab put her faith in Israel’s God — alone.
When Hebrew spies took refuge in her house, Rahab could have merely asked that they spare her life when they conquered the city. After all, no one else in Jericho believed in the God of Israel. But Rahab pleaded on behalf of her family as well. When Jericho’s walls came tumbling down, all of Rahab’s family survived because of her faith.
Do you realize how many people can be saved by your faith? Your life really can make a difference — for eternity. God didn’t save us simply to make us saints, but that we also might share our blessed hope with others. Suppose Rahab waited until she had reversed her shameful past before she told her family about this wonderful opportunity. They probably wouldn’t have survived.
Don’t get so caught up looking inward at your limitations that you neglect to look outward at your opportunities. God can use you right now, as you are — if only you’ll let Him. Do it today.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.