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That God, My God
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 3: Oxymoron: Rahab - Day 4
"In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead"
(James 2:17 NIV).
Yesterday I mentioned the pivotal declarative statement that Rahab made. I want to jump right into with that today. Reread Joshua 2:10 and then fill in the following blanks found in verse 11: ‘‘And as soon as we heard it, our hearts ________________________ and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he ___________________________________________, in the heavens above and on the earth beneath’’ (Joshua 2:11 ESV).
In our previous lesson, we talked about how the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The fruit produced by this fear is a healthy dose of humility, ultimately causing us to acknowledge and become acquainted with our own limitations. It leads us to open ourselves to the possibility that something or specifically Someone just might be the missing piece to our puzzle. I believe, in my heart, that this is the journey Rahab is taking. For a long time she was convinced that the only means to survival in this difficult and abrasive world was selling herself. There was no other way to make ends meet, but eventually, she arrived at the end of herself. There must have been some sort of defining moment, one that forced her to her knees and caused her to lift her voice to the heavens, crying and begging for a way out, a new life, and a fresh start. Her journey had led her to a fork in the road. She could continue down the same path or be opened to the possibility of a different route. We know which road she chose because of what she says next, ‘‘...for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath’’ (Joshua 2:11 ESV). Allow me to expound on the text here a bit. Perhaps she thought that God, who led His people out of the land of Egypt through a parted Red Sea and who made a way when there was no way, could make a way for her, too. It was no longer about a third party. This wasn’t about a God distant from her current reality. It was about that God becoming her God.
Can you identify with Rahab? Have you ever come to a place where you knew you didn’t have it within yourself to carry on without crying out for help? If so, record it below.
Did that moment lead you to make a similar statement to the one Rahab made? Why or why not?
This statement that Rahab makes, in and of itself, is momentous. She has arrived at a critical juncture and has chosen the path that leads towards God. This is something to celebrate. It’s why some followers of Jesus identify a specific moment in time, a decision point when that God became their God. They may call it their Jesus birthday. It marks a day, not of birth like a normal birthday, but ...
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