Rahab Part 3: A Dramatic Impact

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Hiya friends, glad you’ve come for another cup of grace (and coffee.)

Jericho was standing on its last legs, so to speak. Joshua marched the Israelites around Jericho for six days. On the seventh day, they marched around Jericho seven times.  On that last trip around the city, “at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.” (Joshua 6: 20) Think about what Rahab heard during this time. They might have heard the shouts and trumpets from outside the wall, they might have heard shouts and cries of panic from inside the wall, and they most certainly heard the devastating walls crumbling all around them and the battle after the walls came down.  How loud and scary that must have been. All around them, the world they’ve always known crumbled and gone.

Then Joshua sends the two spies to go find Rahab and her family. Because of her faith, her willingness to listen and follow direction without hesitation, not only was Rahab saved, but so was, “her father, and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. They brought out her entire family” (Jos 6: 23)  Rahab’s courage and determination impacted her family in a big way — they were saved and their lives were changed forever. How could they not be changed, at least to some extent, after surviving the destruction of Jericho? You see, when we believe God is our loving Helper, and that nothing is impossible for Him, we can have the confidence to ask Him to rescue our loved ones. It might not happen as dramatically as with Rahab’s family, (thought who knows, maybe it might), and it might take time and diligent prayer. Rahab didn’t say, “Boy, I hope somehow my family survives this.” No, she asked that God would spare them too,and then she went out and got them! She acted. We can show those we love that our Lord Jesus still rescues, through our faith, our lives, our actions, and through our prayers.

I absolutely want my boys to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. But I don’t only hope that one day it happens. I pray for them. I pray that they may see His love through my life. We sing “Jesus Loves me” and other songs. We talk about how Jesus takes care of us and helps us feel better when we’re sick. As moms, it’s our responsibility to tell our children about Jesus, to show them His love, to read the Bible to them, and to pray with them.

Be a light to your friends, family, and coworkers who need Jesus. No matter where God has put you in life right now, you can impact lives dramatically for the glory of God by praying for them and living a changed life. Perhaps their lives depend on it.

Whoa–that’s a lot to take in! You are light in the darkness. Perhaps you are a Rahab in Jericho. No matter where you are, God is still the God with a plan of rescue. Courageously follow God’s plan for your life because you can make a dramatic impact for God’s glory.

(Joshua 2,6)

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