Acting on Knowledge.

Last summer, I was visiting with a friend. “What’s your background?” I asked. “Since you were raised in a Christian home, how do you feel about God?”

“I belive,” he said. “I just don’t feel like I want to be part of a church.”

Not an extraordinary response, I don’t think. But here in the book of Joshua, is a very different reaction. In chapter two, spies are sent to check out the city of Jericho. “Spy out the land,” Joshua tells the two men.

When they arrive in the city, they are taken in by a prostitute who lives in a home built into the city wall. Soon after, the king of Jericho comes looking for the spies; and Rahab sends the king’s agents in the other direction. Later, she says to the spies, “I know the Lord has given you this land… We are all afraid of you… For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Now swear to me by the LORD that you will be kind to me since I have helped you.” She makes arrangements to keep herself and her family safe during the coming destruction of Jericho.

I want to camp on a couple of details here. This woman isn’t one of the Jewish people. She’s an outsider. She hasn’t been taught anything at all about God. She only knows what she has heard. But what she hears is enough to convince her that God is indeed the only God, the true God. The most powerful God.

And she knows something else. This powerful, true God is going to destroy anything that raises itself up against him. She responds to her certain knowlege of the upcoming destruction. Yep. She’s feeling fear. And she’s experienced truth. She KNOWS that the God of these spies is the one true God.

But she is doing more than that. She has gone beyond UNDERSTANDING, and moved directly to action. Rahab ACTS on what she understands. She takes a stand with the God of the Jews. She makes arrangements to keep herself safe in his care.

So, my friend. What about you? If you know ABOUT God, and you BELIEVE in GOD, have you taken the step that will keep you SAFE IN God? LIke Rahab, God asks us to step into his protection. He’s provided it — and we’ve talked about how that happens in other blogs on these pages. He’s given his only son so that we can hide in the protection of the Cross.

Some day, the world as we know it, will come to an end. All of us will have to face the God of Joshua, and Rahab. The God of Matthew and Luke. When that happens, will you be found in the wall of his protection?

I live there. The wall of his protection is the only place to hang out! It’s good in the coming destruction. It’s great, even in the difficulties of today.

Bette

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