Rahab leaned in as her friend cupped her hand around her mouth and said in hushed tones –
“Have you heard the news? The Israelites have finally been freed from their slavery in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands of them left…in the middle of the night! They say that when they got to the Red Sea, their leader, Moses, lifted up His rod and the water parted, and those people crossed on dry land! But when the Egyptians tried to go after them the waters crashed down on them, and not one soldier was left alive! I heard it was their God that cause all those plagues to happen beforehand, and that He was the One that made it possible for them to cross the sea safely. I wonder if they’ll try to come here to Jericho? I’m afraid of what will happen to us if they do!”
Rahab sat back, wide eyed and disbelieving at first, but then nodded as she remembered other things she had heard about the Israelite’s God.
Then one day Rahab heard a rap at her door and was greeted by two men who were looking for lodging. It didn’t take long for her to realize that these men were not only strangers, but Israelite men, looking for a safe haven where they might stay. She was in awe of these people, and their God, and it was without hesitation that she ushered them inside, away from the onlookers on the street.
She was risking her life to hide these men on the roof, under the flax that was piled high on top of them. They were safe from the spears of the men who had heard of them coming to Rahab’s door; safe from an untimely death.
After the men of Jericho had followed Rahab’s faulty information and went looking for the spies elsewhere, Rahab rushed to the rooftop to warn God’s men. Joshua 2:9-11 says 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. 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. 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.
Because of what Rahab had heard, she put her faith in the one true God! The news that had travelled to her ears melted her heart for the Lord! What power a testimony of God’s work can have on others!
What have others heard about your life recently? Could they say, “Wow, I heard what God did for you!”? Would your testimony of God’s work turn their heart to belief? We can’t take the credit for anything that happens to us! Feeling better after being sick, provision of a financial need, the return of a wandering sinner, securing something you’ve needed, an unsuspected blessing…these are all from God’s hand and we must give Him the credit, and we must tell others about it!
God has recently answered two prayer requests that have been heavy burdens on my heart. He alone is the One worthy of praise! I did nothing to cause it to happen! I can tell you, dear friend, that God hears you when you pray! That’s my testimony today!
What have others heard about God from you? Don’t be ashamed to share it!