DAY 23: Life Spared
“‘Agreed,’ she replied. ‘Let it be as you say.’ So she sent them away and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.”(Joshua 2:21 )
Ever wonder how certain people made it into the record of God’s redemption story? Take Rahab, for instance. A woman of the night?
How did the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho end up hiding out at her house?
How did Rahab, of all people, together with her family end up having their lives spared while the rest of the city was destroyed?
And how did Rahab, a woman of ill repute, end up in the genealogical history of Jesus? “. . . Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab” (Matthew 1:5 ).
Why her? Well maybe it just goes to show that God is able to do more in people’s lives than we might ever imagine.
Perhaps the real question should not be how did God work through the life of a person like Rahab, but rather how is it that God works through people’s lives (like mine) today? Maybe your life isn’t as “bad” as someone like Rahab considering her vocation. But no matter who we are, we have sin and guilt and shame. No matter how we are, we haven’t always loved God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength nor loved our neighbor as ourselves. No matter who we are, we have sinned against God by thought, word, and deed. Maybe there are times when we wonder if God can ever do anything of value and significance in us.
But He can, and He does! The prophet Jeremiah tells us, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ).
The mercy of God, the grace of God, the forgiveness of God are all examples of how God does more – immeasurably more – in our lives than we could ever expect. And thanks be to God that He does!
So if God takes care of the greatest need we could ever have – forgiveness and eternal salvation – then there should be no question that He can take care of everything else as well. With that in mind, there is no limit to what God can do through this capital campaign for your church. And also, there is no limit whose lives He can work in and work through in this process.