We may struggle with the notion that persons of ill repute can exhibit any kind of faith. Yet, in this Old Testament lection for today Rahab the prostitute not only displays faith, but a kind of belief that lands her in the great hall of faith of the New Testament’s Hebrews chapter 11. She displayed a confident and unwavering belief that God existed and that he would surely overtake her city of Jericho.
“The LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Rahab’s profession of faith is both sincere and hooked to God’s promise to the Israelites that they would take the land. Rahab is exhibit A of the kind of person that inherits the kingdom of God; her faith, not her works or reputation, is what spares her life and brings her out from judgment.
Faith is not a simple checking off a list of doctrinal beliefs that we believe; it always results in confident action based upon the promises of God. Knowing what those promises are, and living our lives appropriately in light of them, is the kind of faith that pleases God. Genuine righteousness is never earned; it is given by the compassionate grace of God.
What biblical promise do you need to lay hold of today? How will that promise affect the way you live your life? Will you believe God that he always does what he says?
Lord God Almighty, I may have not always lived my life well, yet I trust you today that you can and will deliver me from all my troubles because you are with me. May your Holy Spirit give me the gift of faith to believe in such a way that it impacts how I live my life. Amen.