As 2016 comes to a close I have done quite a bit of reflection on the year. I have thought about what I am grateful for, my successes, areas of my life that I need to improve on to be where I want them to be, and goals I’ve reached this year as well as setting new goals for 2017. This is the second year that my job has provided a day for us to put aside everything else and focus on our life; where we are and where we are going. To be honest, it was a hard day. We look at different areas: family, mental, physical, financial, spiritual, friends, etc. I answered questions on a scale of 1-5 and then rated myself on that category. I found myself wanting to exaggerate so that I could get my score up. After we finished the day there was two words that wouldn’t leave my mind….
Rahab is one of my favorite women in The Bible. I have always felt a connection with her because she had a lot going against her but her faith got her and her family into a new life serving our God.
In Joshua 2:9-13 she says, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. 10 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to fSihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. 11 And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for ithe Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. 12 Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that, as I have dealt kindly with you, you also will deal kindly with my father’s house, and give me a sure sign 13 that you will save alive my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death.”
- So here is the back story of Rahab…she was a prostitute living in Jericho. Rahab did not have the leadership of Moses or Joshua. Joshua had sent two men to spy on the land. When word got out that there were spies in Jericho, Rahab hid Salmon and the other spy, risking her life for theirs because she had faith in their God….a decision that ultimately saved her life. She later married Salmon and became part of the lineage of Christ. Now THAT’S a God thing!! I bet prior to Joshua and Salmon, Rahab might have seen her own life as mediocre or worse. But then God…..
I don’t know how many storms I have in my own life where the tides of my storm are turned by those words…BUT THEN GOD….
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
I believe there is only one way to reach greatness and that is through God. There is only so far we can make it apart from Him. As human beings we have a drive to be bigger and better; to live a life that we can be proud of. Sometimes we find ourselves running in circles to find our bigger and better. Rahab new the truth….Bigger and better is found in God. Without God the best option is consistently mediocre…but the bigger and better God wants for us is greatness…and all He is asking in return is for us to be content with who we are, and not put on airs.
He wants us to know that His strong hand is on us; He’ll promote us at the right time.
Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (1 Peter 5:6-7 msg)
READ EARLIER POST ON RAHAB:
- Nothing Too Dirty – Cindy
- Rahab. The Harlot. – Andrea
- The Power of Faith – Tonya
- Need A Lifeline? – Cassandra
- Sweeping Change – Pam
- Scarlet Line – Beth
We are honored to have Ginny Swafford back as a guest writer…
Ginny is a humor enthusiast who loves more than anything to laugh. She has two dogs, a German Shepherd named Gabrielle Von Wienerschnitzel Swafford and a crazy Chiweenie named Zeus Aubie Swafford. They are the apple of her eyes. On weekends you can find her reading a good book, visiting with friends and family, and/or taking her pups for a stroll in the woods. One of her favorite quotes is, “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”