Faith That Takes a Risk

Hebrews 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

You can read about this event in Joshua 2. In this account, as the army of Israel was preparing to conquer the city of Jericho, Joshua, who was the leader of the Israel’s army at that time, sent two spies into the city to secretly gather information. This way they would know more about the city before they launched an attack.

While the spies were in the city, they went into the house of a woman named Rahab, who secretly brought them into her house and kept them safe from the army of Jericho. The spies made a promise to Rahab that, when they came in to conquer the city, they would ensure the safety of any person who was safely inside Rahab’s home during the attack.

After it was safe to leave Rahab’s house, they went back to Joshua and told him all that Rahab had done to help them during their mission. When the army of Israel would later go in and capture the city of Jericho, they made sure to keep this promise and the family of Rahab was not harmed.

When Rahab provided a safehouse for the Jewish spies, she did so at great risk to her life. This is because Israel was a feared enemy of Jericho and the king no doubt would have had her executed for such an act! But, Rahab had Faith that Takes a Risk, specifically the risk of obeying and honoring the God of Heaven even at great danger to herself!

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Rahab states her reason for protecting the spies in Joshua 2:9-11  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.  (10)  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 Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.  (11)  And as soon as we had 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.

The part that stands out to me the most is where she says, “…for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. She had faith in the God of Israel and He made sure she was protected and blessed because she was willing to take a risk in order to serve Him!

In these last days, are you willing to have Faith that Takes a Risk so that you may be faithful to God, as Rahab was?

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Published by Jason Fulmer

Jason Fulmer currently serves as a Pastor and Personal / Professional development teacher. His life's goal is to lead men and women to THEIR next level of living and leading through Education and Example!

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