But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. And she said, “True, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. And when the gate was about to be closed at dark, the men went out. I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hid them with the stalks of flax that she had laid in order on the roof. [Joshua 2:4-6]
But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute's house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.” So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. [Joshua 6:22-23]
Rahab is probably not the person people would think of first when listing heroes of Faith. She was a prostitute living among a wicked people opposed to the Israelites. However, she heard of this God that the Israelites served. She heard how he parted the Red Sea for His people and how they defeated the Amorites with God’s strength. She professed to the two spies that their God must be the God of the heavens and the earth and beyond. She knew the God of the Israelites was the real deal. She had a faith that none of her people had, and she took a risk to protect the Israelite spies because she believed that God was big enough to protect her too.
What can we learn from Rahab?
The story of Rahab is a perfect reminder of God’s promise of protection. For most of us Christians living in America today, we are not in constant fear of our lives. While our physical bodies are not being attacked on a daily basis, I believe the enemy often goes after things like our peace of mind, our identities, our relationships, our time with Him, and so many other things. As Rahab professed her faith in God, He protected her. As we profess our faith, He will protect us from the attacks of the enemy whether this be in the form of anxiety, temptation, fear or distraction. We can easily give into these things and attacks, or we can choose to turn our focus on the God of the heavens and earth and celebrate the fact that He fights and wins our battles every single time.
Let’s get practical
Next time you are overcome by a situation or something outside of you, take a second to reflect on the power of God. Think about the things He has helped you overcome before. Think about the things He has protected you from in the past. Ask him to give you peace of mind in who He is as your protector. Ask for an increase in faith.
God, thank You that you are bigger than any attack of the enemy. I repent for losing focus of You in the midst of all of the things that the enemy has thrown at me. Help me to turn my eyes toward You and to have faith that You are bigger and that You protect me always. Amen.