Read Joshua 6:25; Matthew 1:5-6; Hebrews 11:31
Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho (Joshua 6:25).
How often I forget that actions have long-term consequences. How I choose to act today may affect others tomorrow. I often get caught up in my own stuff, my own priorities, and I miss opportunities to share God’s story. It’s easy to be faithful and talk about God’s goodness when things are . . . well, good. But when I wallow in the despair of the moment, I fear I miss out on God’s quiet opportunities for action. When my circumstances seem anything but from God, a choice to praise Him or a moment to hear the Holy Spirit seems scarce.
Yet here is Rahab, preparing for her city’s ultimate demise. When she meets the Israelite spies, Jericho is ten days from utter destruction. Rahab has heard of God and acknowledges His almighty power. She works out an agreement with the Israelite spies to save them, and in turn, to be rescued, along with her family, from the impending mayhem. This choice, to be on God’s side and to be where God is, sets in motion a plan for history.
Jericho was destroyed, her family was spared, and Rahab becomes the mother of Boaz. And for those of you who recognize that name, you realize the great impact Rahab has with Jesus’ heritage: “Salmon was the father of Boaz (whose mother was Rahab). Boaz was the father of Obed (whose mother was Ruth). Obed was the father of Jesse. Jesse was the father of King David . . . Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah” (see Matthew 1:5-6, 16). Rahab could not have foreseen the impact of her choice to be where God is. But in the midst of awful conditions, her decision of faithfulness to join God’s people demonstrated the power of God to generations (read Hebrews 11:31).
It’s not always clear in the moment what the long-term effects of worshipping God in the middle of a frustrating circumstance will be. But consider this: what if I decide to do nothing? What if I ignore the Holy Spirit? What if I choose not to be rooted in the Word? What if I miss an opportunity to share God’s story? What about the long-term effects of doing nothing?
Father, help me not interfere with what You have planned by seeing that each moment is where Jesus is—in quiet moments with my family, in conversations with coworkers, in situations outside of my control. And help me share Your story and mine, even in seemingly-hopeless situations.