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Joshua 2: Rahab

I blogged about Joshua chapter 1 a while back, see my posts here: A Homily on Joshua Chapter 1 and here: Joshua 1: Be strong and courageous.

Joshua chapter 2 features two spies who are sent to Jericho to gather information about the city prior to the Israelite invasion.  Their job, blend in to a culture foreign to them, one in which they didn’t belong.  As Christians doesn’t life in the workplace sometimes seem just like this; different ethics, language, and temptations we’re not prepared for.

uruk5The spies encounter Rahab, a pagan prostitute and owner of the establishment.  Her house, an inn, was the best place to gather information, that is, until they were labeled spies.  In a startling turn of events, Rahab not only agrees to hide them from the authorities, she lies to protect them.  Her motivation: she fears God and believes He is the one true God of heaven and earth.  In the most unlikely of places the Israelites encounter a person of faith.

…for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.  Joshua 2:11 NLT

In exchange for harboring them, Rahab asks for a guarantee she and her family won’t be destroyed when the Israelites invade.  She is given a red cord to hang in her window, a symbol she has chosen to side with the God of Israel.

One has to wonder, how will Rahab be remembered after she is gone.  After all, she’s a prostitute and a liar.  Yet, the Bible chooses to remember her as a person of faith.

It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31 NLT

D.R. Davis in his commentary on Joshua states, “Genuine faith never rests content with being convinced of the reality of God but presses on to take refuge in God.”

How will you be remembered?  Will people remember you by an occasional good deed or will you be remembered for your faith in God, your refuge?

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Your coffee mug verse: Philippians 1:6

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Philippians is one of those inspiring reads prompting some to plaster its verses on tee shirts, wall plaques and coffee mugs.  It’s been called by some the epistle of joy.   With that thought in mind, I’ll be including “scraps” from Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi in my blog over the next several weeks.

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” Philippians 1:6

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The good work being referred to is the work of grace in the heart of a believer in Jesus Christ.  Consider Charles Spurgeon’s comment on God’s desire to complete the good work He began in the lives of his children:

“Where is there an instance of God’s beginning any work and leaving it incomplete? Show me for once a world abandoned and thrown aside half formed; show me a universe cast off from the Great Potter’s wheel, with the design in outline, the clay half hardened, and the form unshapely from incompleteness.”

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,” Philippians 1:9

Believe with all your heart that God has a purpose and a plan for your life!

Your Biggest Fear?

What is your biggest fear?  Have you ever pondered the question?  How about fearing someone you love will eventually leave you?

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I am thankful that I never have to fear God growing tired of me making a mess of my life and leaving me.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,  neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”  Romans 8:38 NLT

He Restores my Soul

img_20161004_0909145_rewind_kindlephoto-1385025841I finished reading a nail-biter by Terri Blackstock called, Trial by Fire.  Granted, it was a fictional tale but Terri is a Christian author who is compelled to share her faith in her writing.  In the Afterword section of the book, Terri shares her devotional experience from a phrase found in the 23rd Psalm.  He restores my Soul

“Always before, I dwelled on the verse before it, about his leading me beside the quiet waters.  That is, after all, a wonderful thought in such a stressful, noisy world.  And I’ve pondered the verse after it, about the Lord guiding me in paths of righteousness.  That’s particularly important to someone like me, who has no sense of direction.

“But this is the first time I’ve lingered on his restoring my soul.

“And I realized that he does, in such a merciful way.  He has restored my soul when I’ve beaten and bruised it through my careless actions and terrible choices.  He has restored my soul when I’ve allowed it to run empty, and he’s restored it when I’ve filled it up with things it wasn’t meant to hold.  He has restored my soul when others have crushed it.  He has restored it when there was no hope for restoration.

“And I wondered what my life would look like now, if I had never allowed that restoration.  What if I had pushed God away when he reached down for me like a daddy reaching for his toddler?  What if I had not reached up to him, allowing him to lift me?  What if I had not laid my head on his shoulder?

“Where would I be if I’d had to take the punishment I deserved for the sins I committed, and if I’d had to walk through life without that perfect, unconditional love?  What if I’d had to face a future eternity with only hopelessness and fear?

“Thank God for Jesus Christ, who loved me so much that he took that punishment for me, cleaned my slate, restored my soul…”

Terri Blackstock, pp 339-340

I am continually amazed at the number of places one can encounter God’s food for the soul.