God Rewards Faith
Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them. “I know the Lord has given you this land,” she told them. “We are all afraid of you. Everyone in the land is living in terror. For we have heard how the Lord made a dry path for you through the Red Sea when you left Egypt. And we know what you did to Sihon and Og, the two Amorite kings east of the Jordan River, whose people you completely destroyed. No wonder our hearts have melted in fear! No one has the courage to fight after hearing such things. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.
Joshua 2:8-11 NLT
Joshua chooses to send two spies into Jericho as scouts. You might remember that Moses sent in 12 spies forty years earlier, and ten came back with a bad report that led to forty years of wandering. The two spies of Moses who had a good report were Joshua and Caleb. They were the only two spies that survived to enter the Promised Land.
Joshua’s spies go to the house of a prostitute. That would have been an appropriate place for traveling men to go. It would have been a place to find the town secrets and hear what was going on. But it was also a place where someone else could see them and report to the king. Which is what happened.
Rahab, the prostitute, hides the spies, lies to cover for them, and then makes a powerful confession of faith in the God of Israel. She uses the name of Jehovah God three times—LORD. She tells the spies that Jericho’s people are living in fear, and she knows God has given them the city.
It seems that Rahab has more faith than Joshua. He is unsure of God’s direction and instructions. God uses her words to bring courage and faith to Joshua.
Many people who consider themselves Christians live with little or no faith in God’s ability to work in and through them. We need to have the faith to believe God will do what He says He will do. We need to realize that God will work through others at times—even those who are not yet followers of Christ—to show us our lack of faith.
By the way, Rahab gets rewarded for her faith. When the city is destroyed, she and her family are spared. She eventually marries into the children of Israel and becomes the great-grandmother of King David. God rewards faith.
Holy Spirit, help me to have the faith to see what God is doing and get in on it. Help me to look beyond the natural and learn to trust and obey You in every way.
Scroll down to share what you feel God is saying to you based on today’s reading.