Bad girls like bad boys. We know that how we act is directly linked to who we believe we are and what we think we deserve in life. People that consider themselves as “bad” behave in such a way because they can’t see their goodness and believe that they don’t deserve a “good life”. But God chooses some of the most broken people to bring glory to his name. We can see that in the life of Rahab in the book of Joshua.
“And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, ‘Go view the land, especially Jericho.’ And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there.”
You probably heard the word “prostitute” before, the word comes with a very negative connotation towards somebody. Usually someone that is associated with the word finds it hard to avoid judgement from society. But when these two men from Israel sought to find refuge at Rahab’s place despite her rap-sheet, Rahab probably asked herself: “Refuge? From me – someone who has nothing of worth to offer?” But Rahab had a choice to make, to continue living the life that she is living, or to change her ways and follow God. You see, despite the broken situation she was in, she believed in hope through God. Rahab saw her opportunity and for the first time in her life, people saw her differently.
“Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, ‘Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.’ But the Woman had taken the two men and hidden them…”
Rahab had faith in God. Rahab opened her eyes and heart towards heaven and believed. If God could notice her, call her a woman of value, crown her with honor, and trust her to be a divine shield of protection for God’s men, then it was worth it—she was worth it. She risked her life and the lives of her household because she believed that she was so much more in the eyes of God.
“But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho”
Rahab’s obedience to God saved her life despite her circumstances. Joshua won the battle against Jericho, and because Rahab gave refuge to God’s people, God gave Rahab refuge with the Israelites. God redeems us and restores our relationship with him through His son Jesus. Today, I hope you choose to be loved by a good God who wants to give you the best life you deserve.