Rahab: A Whole Me- Yes God can still use you
Now we all know that Rahab was a prostitute and coming to mind, you may be thinking: how did God use her?
I do not know the reason for Rahab’s prostitution, but I have an idea of why some of you or people you know may be behaving in a similar way. You’re scared of being alone so you have to feel wanted from someone else, that quick one night stand just fills whatever emotion that you need to feel. A moment of pleasure leaves you with limitless amounts of pain. If these words are hitting you then take it up with God because this means that he is speaking to you.
In the place where Rahab lived, it was in Jericho and this place was under attack. A couple of mandem walked into her yard and she knew that they were different, not like the usual men that come and see her in the night. The thing that sparks me is that although Rahab was used to men coming in and out of her yard, she knew that these men carried something special with them. How could someone considered as dirty and unclean see the power of God amongst these men? For me, the fact that Rahab let these men into her house is really something. God will use other people in order for you to wake up and realise that God is calling. Who has God placed in your life in order for you to listen to his call?
Joshua 2:3 states that ‘’The king of Jericho sent a message to Rahab saying that bring forth the men that who came to stay the night in your house as they are spies’’. The men that Rahab let in were spies. Rahab let in people that were against the king’s demands. You may wonder, why did Rahab let these people in? They were spies, wouldn’t they be doing more harm than good? You see, Rahab knew that these men were a gift. These men were a gift from God because they came to her, out of all the houses they could have taken refuge in, they went to hers. Ever wondered, that God himself is knocking on your door and only you have the key to let him in, question is, will you go against all the people that have given you labels and really go ‘ard for Christ?
Rahab let these men stay in her house on the condition that although she knew that where she was living was under attack, that they would spare her and her family. The act of kindness that rahab showed came at a price though, she needed the spies to promise that her and her family will not be at harm. Now, despite knowing that harbouring these spies could cost her life, Rahab had full faith and trust in God that something good will come out of this. Rahab made a condition with the men, the same way plenty of us are making conditions with God. You know, please God if you take me out of this tricky situation, I promise I’ll go to church on Sunday.
The fact that Rahab even showed them how to escape, means that she had her eyes set on God. Notice how when you follow God and set your sights solely on him, he will turn things around. The same thing the enemy wanted to use against you, is the exact thing that God will transform for the greater good. God will send that thing your way so that when he’s prepared you to face it, you can do nothing but see the good amongst it. Imagine, that, God hitting the labels that you have been believing so that you feel like you have a chance.
Joshua 2:18: Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father’s household, home unto thee. Rahab used scarlet thread so that when people came to attack, they could spare her house because she had helped the spies.
But, lemme break down how powerful the scarlet thread is:
Scarlet is another word for the colour red. Red signifies danger and pain as Rahab was a prostitute so she definitely felt pain. Whether this pain was physical or emotional, she felt pain. Pain in the sense that whatever she was doing, she knew wasn’t right and that people were forever giving her those looks and gossiping about her behind her back. But she was bold. She was tainted like this scarlet thread because she was deemed impure due to the way she chose to live her life. But, yes God still used her.
Is your life like this scarlet thread dangling from the window?
You’ve tried so hard to stay on the straight and narrow but the thing you’re running from is catching up with you that you’ve gone from white to red in just a matter of days?
It seems as though, now you’re dangling from the window, things are just piling up and you don’t know how to control these things. Let me be the one to tell you that God is near. When you want to let go of the window frame, God is near. When you want to move past these labels, God is near.
Yes, God can STILL use you.
Rahab in everything that she had gone through had full confidence and faith. It was her faith that gave her peace. Hebrews 11:31 reveals that by faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Faith is not being sure of the outcome but believing that whatever it is, you will get through it. It was Rahab’s faith that kept her going, it was Rahab’s faith in God that she knew that she would overcome all the negative stigma that people had given her. Rahab had so much faith in God that she was willing to spare her life. Peace came to Rahab because her faith was enough to know that by helping these spies, she would receive something good out of it.
A prostitute, God still used her.
How about allowing God to use you?
Whoever you are, whatever you’ve been called, you may be considering , a whole me- yes God can still use you.
Peace & Love