Joshua and his inhabitance of the promised land has been on my mind much lately. Through Christ, God offers His children to live in the promised land. I find I forget that His provision, protection, and guidance are there but only available when I inhabit them. Aren’t we all like Rahab, with a tarnished past, born as an outsider of God’s chosen blood line, but longing for his favor:
“I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token, 13 and spare my father, my mother, my brothers, my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” — Joshua 2:9-13 New King James Version
Rahab, chose to hide the spies in return for her family’s protection. Rahab had such insight to risk her family’s safety for a moment in return for future protection. How many times do I make decisions based on the risks of the day rather than the impactful future risks?
“But without fatih it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is , and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIm.” — Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version