Do you remember learning about Alexander the Great? At a certain point in his world conquest, he and his leaders became concerned. Examining their maps, they realized they had come to the very edge on each side. How could they proceed when it was all unknown? The people of Israel faced a similar situation. Joshua had brought them to the banks of the Jordan River looking into the land God promised. But this was unchartered territory.
However, on the other side of the Jordan was Rahab, an unlikely person whom God would use to assure the Israelites that their future was secure. Joshua sent spies in to survey the land. There they found a haven in the house of Rahab, a prostitute (v. 1). However, after their hideout was exposed, the king’s men were sent on a mission to capture and kill them. Sensing danger, Rahab used what little power and leverage she had and hid the spies on the roof of her house (vv. 4–7). Rahab risked her own safety, finding courage in the face of immediate danger and unavoidable consequences. Why? Because she was confident that God was on the other side of the Jordan. Because of what she did, Rahab’s name is included in Hebrew’s Hall of Faith (Heb. 11:31).
After the threat passed, Rahab’s conversation with the spies revealed her true heart. She had heard how Yahweh promised the land that her people occupied, how He dried up the water of the Red Sea, and how He helped the Israelites destroy the kings east of the Jordan (vv. 9–10). With their futures unknown, both Rahab and the Israelites trusted the Lord with what awaited them on the other side (vv. 12–16).
>> Does your future seem uncertain? Maybe the way ahead is cloudy for you, your family, or the people you lead. But even though you do not know what the future holds, you know the One who holds your future. Share your concerns with Him today.
Merciful Lord, You know the way ahead, though You often lead us one step at a time. May we find security and contentment in trusting You with the future. It is enough for us to be faithful in the moment.