“And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.” Joshua 2:11
How are we treating those that are different than us? I’m talking about that person in your life that lives a different lifestyle than you do. The one who has made a series of poor choices and continues to do so. My hope is that you are loving them right where they are and praying for a radical change. Appearing cross to them or pulling away certainly won’t show them the character of God.
Proverbs 31 Ministries brought up Rahab a few weeks ago and gave me lots to think about so I wanted to share it with you. If you aren’t familiar, Rahab was a prostitute. But she was a woman that believed in God because of what He had done for the Israelites. She had only been told what had happened at the Red Sea, she didn’t see it, but she believed it. And she makes a great declaration of faith in the verse above.
The interesting part to me is how the spies responded to her. They didn’t call out her sin, they didn’t put her down for her lifestyle. They made a vow with her. If she didn’t tell their business they would save her and her whole family when they came to take the land. They treated her kindly, fairly and with respect. Something I have a feeling that she was not accustomed to.
I believe when they came back and rescued her and her family that it solidified her faith. By their actions and keeping their word, they demonstrated characteristics of God. Rescuing, keeping promises and restoring. They took her to a camp outside the city with the Israelites. Hopefully that was the beginning of a whole new life for her. She is the mother of Boaz. You know the story of Ruth, I hope? She is also in the lineage of our Jesus.
Hebrews Chapter 11 depicts mighty men and women of faith. But friends they were just ordinary people that God used to do extraordinary feats. Guess who makes the Hall of Faith? Our friend Rahab. Right there with Moses, Abraham, Noah, Issac and Jacob to name a few. See the verse below:
“By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31
So I say all of that to get to this: Rahab’s faith saved her and her family. The way that the spies treated her, solidified her faith. No matter what her past was, God used her. Her story made the Holy Bible.
So how about those in your life that are wayward? Please love and respect them where they are. Demonstrate Godly characteristics that God will use to draw them to His heart. I’m not implying that you condone what they are doing. But we can surely love people and disagree with their choices. Our choice to respect them may just be the message God uses to pull them into a whole new life.
Perhaps it is you. Maybe you have made some wayward choices. Take heart! God worked out a divine plan through Rahab and He will do the same for you! Know that you are loved more than you can ever comprehend by a God who never, ever fails. I also love you. If God can use me, trust me friend, He can use you too!