RADIANT | Day 15…
unlikely radiance… If you are just needing a reminder of how God will use the most unlikeliest people to shine His light throughout mankind… Two-thousands years later her story is still being told and women are gleaning from her courage and obedience. Rahab and her story in HisStory continues to shine bright with Christ Radiant grace and love.
My prayers have often been, “Lord, please use me! Give me direction and purpose for you and your Kingdom…” Sometimes our prayers need to be simply, “I trust you Father God.”
Here a woman simply chose Christ and trusted Him. She knew there was more. She had heard stories… secondhand faith stories. She was willing to risk her life and her families to know the God who dried up the waters of the Red Sea. Her obedience, her unlikely Radiance boldly played an unsuspecting part in HisStory… A harlot from Jericho grafted in to the bloodline of Christ. Only my Jesus.
And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there. (Joshua 2:1)
Was this by chance? This random woman, this prostitute… With God, NOTHING is by chance; Christ has every detail of our lives planned before we even grace this Earth with our presence. God’s plan for each of us lies in His hand and to receive it, live in it, claim it… we must seek His face and trust Him. This amazing, ordinary, unlikely woman trusted God and looked to His face and His radiance continues to be reflected in her story… still radiant today.
Rahab’s story gives us hope to be a RADIANT light for Christ.
Oh Rahab and her red rope… She was an unlikely heroine who ultimately helped the Israelites in their quest for a promised land. there are a couple of theories about Rahab was she an inn-keeper or a well-known prostitute. She was simply a woman in a place God never intended for her to be and when the time came for her to make a decision, she choose to be RADIANT… to be a light for His people. What courage she must have had… Courage is simply being what God intended for you to be in a world where that is not the acceptable, the popular, the obvious choice… When Rahab made her choice to serve The one TRUE GOD, she could have never fathomed God would use her to bring forth His very son to save the world. She wasn’t looking to be used… she wasn’t looking for clarity… she wasn’t looking for her purpose… She just simply choose to TRUST GOD. Because of her faith and trust, walls came down… literally.
“By faith the prostitute Rahab…” Hebrews 11:31
So many of us have walls surrounding our heart. Walls built by our own hands or others we willingly have allowed to construct. Through faith Rahab was able to break through walls moving her towards God’s ultimate plan. Sometimes the walls around us keep our light from shining. What walls are hindering your light from shining.
We tend to let our past or our shame divide us from Christ. But, in Rahab’s story we see that God doesn’t see any shame or past mistakes. Rahab was not an Israelite; she was part of a nation that hated God and His people. Simply, because of her faith, she was spared and received God’s mercy. Do not ever underestimate the power of our God, the one true God. HE is mighty and when we seek His face HIS RADIANCE WILL reflect His RADIANT LIGHT to all of mankind.
Oh my word… I could go on and on about Rahab and her red rope. I have come to know and treasure her story of courage, obedience and faith.
If you would like to read more about Rahab and other unlikely women weaved into the bloodline of Christ I urge you to grab this book…