When you hear the name Rahab what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most people who have heard of her, it’s the word prostitute. That used to be my first response too, but now it isn’t, and that’s why I’ve named this blog Rahab Life.
You see, Rahab was a prostitute, and then she was something much, much more. First, she was a woman in horrible circumstances. Whether by choice or by things beyond her control we do not know, and the Bible doesn’t say. But she didn’t let her circumstances and her profession prevent her from taking action. She took a huge risk, going against the norms of her culture, and she stepped out in faith. And then she became a woman who was used by God. As a result of her faith and action she was not only liberated from her life of prostitution, but was spared (along with her family) when Jericho fell, was married to a good man, and was in the lineage of not only King David, but of all the Kings of Judah and of Jesus Christ!
She didn’t wait until her life was straightened out. She didn’t wait until her circumstances were honorable. She didn’t wait until she had it all together. She stepped out in faith, trusting in God, right where she was!
God can and will use each of us, we just have to take that first step in faith. We don’t have to wait until we’re perfect, because we never will be in this life.
Rahab is commended for her faith twice in the New Testament: in Hebrews 11:31 and in James 2:25. Not bad for a former prostitute, right? That should be proof enough to any of us that none of us are too “bad” for God. None of us are beyond redemption.
So as this blog evolves I hope you will join me on my journey to learn to be faithful and obedient to God while I recover from my own fallen past.
Rahab’s story can be found in the Book of Joshua, chapters 2 through 6.