Today’s Scripture: By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Hebrews 11:31

When facing hard times or discouragement, there is often the thought that it would be nice to just get a new identity and move away from all the trouble. Maybe your ‘escape’ is a mountain cabin, or perhaps a tropical beach with a new name and no past.

Rahab did not get a new name, but, in God’s eyes, her past was erased. She gained new identity as a forgiven child of God because of her faith. Today’s Scripture tells us that she believed, and from other passages it becomes clear that she had faith in the coming Messiah even before the two spies ever entered Jericho.  She knew that she needed salvation and put her faith in the God of Israel.

Rahab’s story is one of salvation and great faith. It’s also a great story of a fresh start. After you have put your trust in Jesus, your past is in the past. It literally has no bearing on your future. You don’t have to live your life overshadowed with regrets.

There was a brand-new start here for Rahab. How do I know? She became the mother of Boaz who married Ruth, who became the great-grandmother of King David. The Messiah, Jesus Christ, came from the line of King David. A prostitute in the lineage of the Savior tells us that there is no limit to the God of second chances.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.