DAY 20: LORD, SHOW ME WHERE I NEED TO HAVE RISKY FAITH
by Pastor Heiden Ratner
Sep. 5th, 2023
“By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” – Hebrews 11:31
In Joshua chapter two, we find a lady named Rahab faced with a difficult decision. We don’t know much about Rahab until now, except that she was a prostitute and had a residence where people could find lodging in the city of Jericho. On this specific day, two men from Israel, sent on assignment to spy out the land God had promised them, show up needing a stay.
She had the choice to either reject them or accept them. On the one hand, these men are considered the enemy since they are preparing to take over her hometown. On the other hand, if she’s hospitable toward them, her own people may see this as treacherous and disloyal to her community. (I know, hard to please everyone.) I can imagine Rahab shooting up a quick prayer of faith, remembering the testimonies of God’s power in Egypt and grace toward those who trust in Him (Joshua 2:10-11), and making her decision.
Sometimes, God will place you in situations where the only option is to have risky faith. For Rahab, this was her moment to profess her faith in the Lord and show it with her actions (James 2:25). By faith, she hid the Israeli spies and showed them gracious hospitality, risking her life and reputation amongst her peers. When the leaders in her hometown confronted her, she sent them in a different direction and agreed with spies that they would help each other.
This decision would bless her and her family in the present and shape the rest of her life. Faith has the power to do that. Rahab would go on to meet the love of her life, Salmon, and wind up in the Geneology of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:5). You never know how one decision of faith can change everything. Today, even if it’s risky, you can trust Him by faith and follow His lead.
“And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way?” – James 2:25
Father, I choose to trust You today with risky faith. Even though I may not be sure of the outcome, I can trust You today and be confident You are in control of tomorrow. Help me to remember Your power, like Rahab, and follow You even when it’s unpopular. Thank You for Jesus modeling this first; even when people didn’t understand, He finished His still went to the cross and defeated death. I put my faith in Him and am ready to take a step today. In Jesus’ name, amen!