It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God…”.
Wow! Talk about Bold Faith! Not what one would expect from a prostitute in a pagan nation. But this was one incredible woman. She had heard of the works of God on behalf of the Israelite people. She recounted the events in Joshua 2 and even said in Joshua 2:11, “…for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” She took a step of faith and asked for the safety of her family because she had shown kindness to the spies she had hidden from the men sent by Jericho’s king. And the spies’ faith was bolstered as well. When they made their report to Joshua they said, “The LORD has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us.” (Joshua 2:24)
Because she took this step of obedient faith, based on the stories she had heard, God blessed her in mighty ways! God loves it and rewards people who take steps of faith. Jesus was very excited and generous with people when he saw them choose faith. He was sad when those who should have had faith (or more faith) failed to trust the Lord.
God blessed Rahab by saving her and her family when Jericho was conquered. She married an Israelite man, Salmon. Salmon and Rahab had a child named Boaz who became the great grandfather of David, king of Israel. Rahab is even mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus in the book of Matthew. What a great heritage Rahab has because of faith – BOLD FAITH.
Now is the time for us to make bold choices of faith! It is a risk at times. We might have to risk our lives, our jobs, a loving relationship, or a friendship because we choose to please our Almighty God and Father rather than compromise our convictions for the sake of earthly relationships.
Rahab is a great example of faith. May we learn from her about what it means to walk by faith and not by sight.
Choices of faith lead to great blessing!