“By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.”
Like many stories in the Bible, there is a lot we don’t know about this one. What was it about Rahab that led God to entrust His people to her? Would we have chosen her? She risked her life for strangers. Why did she do that? What did she ‘know?’ Faith is a way of knowing something that you can’t know any other way. Did she have a vision of the walls, or perhaps the battle itself? Could Rahab see the future and thus decided on a course of action? Did Abraham or Moses see the end? Only by faith.
Rahab heard the message of God and what He was going to do, and she believed it. She believed it enough to step out by faith. She acted for God in spite of her personal danger. Verse after verse, we have seen this at work. Did they laugh at the ark? Did they talk behind Abraham’s back? Did they think they saw the end of Moses when he fled for the desert? Did Rahab’s family say, “You’ve made a bad mistake, Rahab,”?
Task for Today: Whatever your faith calls upon you to do, you may encounter those who will laugh at you or say you are making a mistake. Don’t let the unbelievers slow you down in your response to God. If they ask you how you know, tell them you can see the future. You have faith, and faith allows you to see and know the unseen. Live today by faith, not by human sight.