Joshua 2:9: and she said to the men: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.”
Rahab had fallen from grace in the eyes of her community. A prostitute by trade, living on the edge of the city, eyes were averted, and footsteps directed elsewhere whenever people passed by Rahab.
But hiding the spies in the stalks of flax on her rooftop, gave Rahab the chance to redeem herself. Despite her tainted and unsavory lifestyle, Rahab knew in the power of God in her heart. Her public confession to the spies concerning what she believed about God changed the trajectory of her life forever.
Joshua 2:11: “As soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
Rahab’s story offers hope to those of us who need to begin again with God. No matter how far we have fallen, no matter how shunned we are both others, or the guilt and shame we carry, the Lord is able to redeem us.
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
This is exceedingly good news for everyone. Life may have dealt us a heavy blow, we may feel like we’ve hit rock bottom, or our faith has left us, but God offers us a second chance. In glad humility and utter brokenness, we can answer the invitation of God to abandon our own self-made efforts of salvation, caste ourselves upon Him and receive His grace and mercy in our time of need.
Because of Rahab’s obedience, her life was spared when the city of Jericho was destroyed, and she had the honor of becoming an ancestor of Christ (Matthew 1:4-6).
The God of second chances saves. He restores honor and dignity and exalts us securely into His world-wide family. Let’s reach out in our time of need, for He is a generous God who eagerly answers all who call upon Him.