I wanted to change so bad I could taste it. I was tired of living the life I was in and I knew that something had to give or I was going to die lonely, miserable, and afraid. The story of Rahab inspired me to do something different, to see past my PAST and look toward my purpose. Rahab was a prostitute in Jericho. She was a sneaky little thing, living on the edge of society, one heartbeat away from total rejection (sound familiar?). She was singled out by the Israelite spies before God had the walls of Jericho fall to His chosen people led by Joshua. Rahab lived IN the wall of Jericho. Her house was built right into the side of it. She had a front row seat to the workings of the whole city at her front door and the much discussed encroaching Israelites at her back door. Opportunity knocked and she answered! She had turned to God for salvation and He granted it to her and in the process spoke to her heart regarding the spies that had their own agenda as to why they came to her for refuge.
Joshua 2:8-21 – Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. 12 “Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign 13 that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.” 14 “Our lives for your lives!” the men assured her. “If you don’t tell what we are doing, we will treat you kindly and faithfully when the Lord gives us the land.” 15 So she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. 16 She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” 17 Now the men had said to her, “This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us 18 unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house. 19 If any of them go outside your house into the street, their blood will be on their own heads; we will not be responsible. As for those who are in the house with you, their blood will be on our head if a hand is laid on them. 20 But if you tell what we are doing, we will be released from the oath you made us swear.” 21 “Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.” So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.
Mallory, Rahab desired a change and she positioned herself for that change. Your past behavior does NOT disqualify you from being used by God. First, though, you need to allow God to shine the light of Truth on your life so that you can see things more clearly and ask for forgiveness. Even when you am broken and beat down, God is always prepared to send someone to come along and encourage you. When the wall of Jericho fell, Rahab’s house remained standing…the only part of the wall that continued to exist. That woman saved by Grace, purposed for a new life, became the mother of Boaz who was the great-grandfather to King David who was the ancestor of Jesus Christ Himself! She was purposed by God and her past mistakes could not haunt her any longer!
2 Corinthians 4:7-10 – But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
Purpose YOURSELF for change and let God do His Mighty Work in YOU!