Day 18: Grace Cleans the Slate
Grace gives us a clean slate.
This morning in my devotional time I found myself in the Old Testament. Before crossing the Jordon, Joshua sent out a few men to gather information in Jericho, a city the Israelites were planning to engage in battle. While there the spies stayed at a place where no one would questions strange men, the home of Rahab, the prostitute. The mission takes a little longer than expected when the king hears of their presence and sends men to arrest them. Rahab denies the spies presence, hides them, and sends the officials on a wild goose chase.
With boldness she claimed what she needed.
The spies are gratefully to have been hidden and Rahab doesn't miss an opportunity. She declares her faith in the Lord and what she believes the Israelites will accomplish backed by His power. She wants in! In return for hiding the spies she asks that kindness would be extended to her and her family and save them from the impending destruction of her city. The men agree and devise a signal that will keep anyone in her home safe come the day of battle. She ties a rope on the window of her home on the city wall as an indication that all found within would be spared.
She was set apart by GRACE.
Post battle and victory Rahab remains with the Israelites marries, and has a family. Her great-great grandson becomes the king of Israel. We know him as a man after God’s own heart – King David. Eventually her family tree leads to the birth of Jesus.
What’s exciting is that our past actions are not too big for GRACE. Our past actions don’t disqualify us from being used by God. We can’t earn God’s favor by being good. I love how God uses the least likely character to bring him glory and honor.
What does God want to do through you? Are you letting doubt from your past mistakes keep you from doing it?
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