Read: Joshua 2
The most common example used to show the imperfections of God’s chosen people is David. We all know David was a murderer, an adulterer, a liar, and a thief but let’s talk about a few other people who God used in spite of their “dirtiness”.
Rahab in Joshua 2 was a prostitute who God used to help the spies during their observation of the city of Jericho. When the spies sought out a place to hide, Rahab offered her home without hesitation. Lead by the Holy Spirit, her intuition, she played a major role in providing protection for the two spies sent into the land by Joshua. We see in this passage an example of God's unmerited favor. Despite Rahab's reputation, God used her to further the plans he had for the Israelites. No matter what she had done in her past, she believed in what she had heard about the God of Israel.
Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof and said to the men, “I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath. Joshua 2:8-11 How many times have you felt under qualified to be used by God? God says it is not about what we have done. We are saved by grace and our belief in Him. God’s love for us is not merit based and He can use any willing vessel. Rahab- the harlot- found favor in the sight of the Lord. Her and her family were saved from the destruction of the city.(Joshua 6:17-25). Not only that, she also became a part of the bloodline of Christ (Matthew 1:5).
While some might have thought Rahab to be unworthy, God knew her worth. God knew her story and the destiny that lied before her. Rahab was courageous, bold, and daring. She followed her heart and did not let her occupation stop her from doing as she felt was right.
1. What things do you feel disqualifies you from being used by God? What things in your past are keeping you from being daring and brave?
2. What is stopping you from believing that you have a purpose despite what you have done?
3. How have labels kept you from doing what God has called you to do?
4. How can you take what you view as your flaws and use them in a positive way? Pray this prayer:
Lord God, thank you for knowing my worth. Thank you for showing me grace despite anything I have done. I know you have a purpose for my life and want to use me. Help me to move forward and leave those things I count as flaws behind me so that I might walk in your will.