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We May Never Know

This morning, my pastor, Tom, preached an excellent sermon.

He always does.

He is working his way through some of the Bible’s most famous children’s stories and explaining the lessons that we adults can take from them.

This morning’s lesson came from the story of Jericho and its walls coming down.

One person was key, though, to helping with this success…Rahab.

Rahab was a prostitute and not an Israelite, but she hid the spies that had been sent out to do surveillance work and covered for them when officials in Jericho launched a search.

In return for her help, she was spared when the walls came down.

I’ve heard this story many, many times; however, Tom said something that struck me anew this morning.

To paraphrase his words (Tom, if you’re reading this, forgive me if it’s not an accurate paraphrase), in the midst of such destruction, God kept, intact, His plan for salvation.

You see, in case you didn’t know, Rahab became a part of the lineage of Christ.

That’s right.

A prostitute…one of Jesus’s ancestors.

Oh, there are many lessons we can draw from this one story; however, what spoke to my soul today was that we may never know why God allows things.  I think about the storms that hit my area recently, and the flooding they caused.  I think about the various conflicts going on in the world and the tragedies that occur on a daily basis.

We have to trust that God’s plan for His people is being carried out, even when we cannot see and when we may never know the “why’s” of the hard times.

Rahab never knew that the Savior of mankind would come from her DNA.

The Israelites didn’t know, at the time, either.

Only later did God reveal His plan.

Sometimes we never get to find out, and still the faith must remain.

I am so in awe of God’s faithfulness, and I am humbled that though He knew how sinful His people would become, He still made a way for us to spend eternity with Him.

I am so thankful for the example of Rahab that helps me trust God even more.

I know, with a firm certainty, that no matter what life throws at me, that God is in control…that His plan is magnificent, and it WILL be accomplished.

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2 Responses

  1. Another great post – thanks!

  2. Really does make you stop & think doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

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