We all have a past, but sometimes, we run across people whose past may be a little worse than ours and we can become judgemental without meaning to. I’ll be the first to admit that my past is an ugly one filled with ugly sin. I was what many would call a “modern day Rahab” due to how boy crazy I was. I may not have been a prostitute, but I did the same things a prostitute does to get paid.
Some of you may be thinking, “Why would she admit that?” or “I can’t believe she’s sharing this about herself.” I’m sharing this information about myself to let everyone know that God saved and redeemed me. God changed me the moment I got saved. He can change anyone and everyone willing to come to Him with a repenting heart. So, if you are reading this today and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Savior, I urge you to step out on faith to accept Him into your life. It doesn’t matter how bad your past was or how bad your life is now.
In our lives, we can make good choices or bad choices and sometimes, we tend to choose more bad choices than good. Rahab was a prostitute, who obviously didn’t make good choices but she had a good heart that was open to God and to a whole new life. We too, must be willing to have an open heart for the Lord and for those around us in need.
I’m a new Army wife, so I’m not as familiar with this way of life as some of you may be, but I do know how hard this life can be for all of us. I see so many women at the post I live on reaching out for help and when they do, they get torn down instead of being uplifted. To me, the military is supposed to be about the community, being a family, and helping one another but sadly, it just isn’t that way most of the time.
When we see another spouse crying out for help or in need for some good, solid advice, let us have open hearts towards that individual. We all need encouragement and we all need someone to just be kind towards us. Having an open heart is something we learn from Rahab. Yes, that’s a right! We get to learn something good from a prostitute, who many would cast off as dirt, yet God chose to use her to teach us about the importance of being open for generations to come.
Not only did Rahab allow for the two spies to hide within the walls of her house, she went out of her way to protect them. Rahab wasn’t obligated to help them or to do as they told her to do, but she saw God shining through them and her heart was open to receiving Him. She had faith to let go of her past, reach out towards God, and to let God change her entire life for the better.
We all need to have that kind of faith. We all need to have an open heart towards helping others, no matter how different they may be from us.
Joshua 2:9-11 says, “And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.” “For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side of Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.” “And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.”
That last scripture is the most important scripture out of all of Joshua chapter 2 because it shows how open of a heart Rahab had towards God and His people. She could have chosen to turn the two spies in and be rewarded for that, but instead, she chose to do the right thing and that was to help them. Do we do the same thing today or do we decide to not help when someone is in need?
Rahab could have allowed for her occupation and her past to make her feel like a failure, like she wasn’t worth anything, but instead we see a strong woman, who chose to not look back on her past because there was a brighter future ahead. We have that same choice to make today in our world. We can either choose to let our occupation or our past define us or we can choose to let God define us.
Being a military spouse can bring along the burden of losing who we truly are because we sacrifice jobs, education, time away from our home states, our family, and so much more. We can get lost in the chaos of this life and feel as if we have lost who we are. We can get to the point where we feel like our lives won’t ever truly matter because our husbands occupation will always come first. We can get to feeling like a failure instead of the wonderful begin God created us to be.
Being a prostitute is not a good profession to have, but that is what Rahab was until she recognized and accepted God for who He was and from that moment on, the Bible never records Rahab looking back into her past. Rahab chose to take her past and her failures and make them into something beautiful. Because Rahab obeyed God and accepted Him into her life, she was blessed with a wonderful husband and a wonderful life. She was so blessed that she was an ancestor of David and Jesus Himself. Now that ladies, is amazing. It just goes to show us that our past and our current situations do not have to define us for the rest of our lives.
Hebrews 11:31 says, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
If you need to receive something from the Lord today, take some time in prayer to seek Him and to receive the blessing He has for you. If you are feeling low because of your occupation or lack of occupation, take some time to pray and ask God to direct you on where He wants you. If you see someone reaching out for help or a few words of advice, have an open heart to show them the love of God.
I’ve come to the conclusion that even though Rahab was a prostitute, she wasn’t a bad person. In fact, Rahab was a woman of true faith and acceptance. She cared so deeply for others around her and put them first. We can learn from all the women of the Bible, including the bad ones. Good or bad, there is always something to be learned.
Rahab chose to rise above her situation and because she trusted in God, she became a very blessed woman. Rise above your situation today and trust in God to help you through. Even with the most ugliest past or the most ugliest situation, God can use those things to create something beautiful for you today.