During this four part blog series, I will write about four women in the bible that God has used to touch my life. Each of them went through and were in different situations, at the end we see how God glorifies Himself in them. I, myself can relate to each of them. I pray in Jesus name you are beyond blessed and may always feel as loved as you truly are by the Lord. God bless you!
Proverbs 31:29-31 29
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
My Past Does Not Determine My Future
Rahab: Embracing His Love
The story of Rahab starts in Jericho, and if we read Joshua chapter 2, it will give us a in depth look at how the Lord used this young woman to help the Hebrews conquer the land of Caanan. From the very beginning the bible introduces Rahab with the title of a Harlot. While, learning about Rahab, the Lord helped me understand her more than what she is introduced as.
We are not fully aware of whether or not Rahab lived alone, but what we are most certain of is that the people around her knew her line of work. It could be possible that people gossiped and labelled her with harsh words because of this. In my heart, a question rang in me, how did this young girl end up in to this situation? There could be a lot of reasons.
Sometimes, and I speak for myself, when we are young we rebel against our parents. We ignore their advise and find them to not understand us. This can cause us to make a mistake. This mistake can lead us to face really hard consequences. Could she have rebelled against her parents? Maybe, maybe not.
There could also be a more sad scenario where maybe she was born in a dysfunctional family. This could have caused her to try to fill a void in her heart by doing this line of work.
Many times in our life we can make mistakes because we are rebellious, especially in our teenage years. But many times we can also make mistakes because of our surroundings. We could have had a hard upbringing, maybe we had a childhood that was exposed to abuse, violence, loneliness, rejection, or we were taken advantage of. None of these circumstances could ever forbid us from receiving the love of God, and none of our past mistakes destitute us from the grace of God.
Many times in our life, just like Rahab, we could be living in a dark place. Oh, but how wonderful does it feel when we receive a second chance! How wonderful it is when our past does not define our future, how heart quenching and tear shedding does it feel when these words of love are uttered to us:
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be as wool.
Isaiah 1:18 NKJV
How must Rahab felt when she could hear and see the walls of Jericho falling, and in her heart know that salvation was near not just for her, but for her family. A ray of light was shining into that dark place she was living in. Her faith in the Hebrew God, that she had heard such great things of, was coming like a mighty warrior to save her. He was coming for her. No more rejection, no more loneliness, no more!
Rahab, you truly are a remarkable woman. Her faith not only saved her life, but her families life. Rahab the Harlot, became Rahab the Hero.
There is this beautiful song that always makes me cry, it’s by an artist named Bk Rap. He says this line in a song that says “He is the one who changes your present and your future”. My heart melts within me each time I hear this line, because just like Rahab needed a second chance, so did I.
Just like God changed Rahab’s present and future, so He did mine. My Jericho day, when the walls were falling, I can still remember how Jesus came to rescue me and my loved ones.
What ever situation you may find yourself in, what ever mistake you may have made, there is hope for you, and not just for you but for those you love.
Rahab! Rahab! truly you are, can I say it again? I think so! Remarkable! You did not let your past define you, because of that you are now quoted among the greatest patriarchs of faith. We can see how highly the Lord thinks of you.
“20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
31 By FAITH the harlot RAHAB perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
Hebrews 11:20-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
To be continued ….
By:Glenda Palma Rodas 🙂