1. Now Joshua the son of Nun sent out two men from Acacia Grove[a] to spy secretly, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho." So they went, and came to the house of a harlot named Rahab, and lodged there. 2. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men have come here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country."
Joshua 2:1-2, NKJV
As we read through the Old Testament, we see that though God is leading and guiding his people, he often uses ordinary means to accomplish His plans. In Joshua 2, the children of Israel are ready to advance into the Promised Land. First on their agenda is the city of Jericho.
Why did Joshua send spies into the land—particularly into the city of Jericho? Was not it enough for the Israelites, and particularly Joshua, to realize that God, who had brought them safely out of Egypt and through 40 years of wandering in the desert, would deliver them to the land that He had promised to them?
Even more surprising, why did the two spies find refuge with the harlot, Rahab? Again we are reminded that God does not view people with the same eyes or standards that we use. To us, Rahab was a "lesser" citizen. We would have chosen a more worthy person to receive honor and attention from God. God, who sees into the very hearts of people, chose Rahab and her family to find refuge in Him.
In the end, though Joshua spent the spies on a fact-finding mission, God had something else in mind. By His providence, Rahab, and her family would not suffer from the fate that awaited all of the others who lived in Jericho.
Are we aware of God doing the same thing in our lives? Do we ponder those people who come into our lives as being there by the sovereign purpose of God? Are we ready and willing to speak to them of Christ and His great sacrifice? Has God brought them to us so that they, like Rahab, may be grafted into His family?
God, in His great providence, is just as actively involved in all of the details of our lives as He was in Old Testament times. As God's children, we each have a God-ordained purpose for the years we live on this earth.
It is so easy for us to become sidetracked by the alluring temptations of this world. Rather than focusing on our service for God, we are often too busy focusing on obtaining all we can for ourselves. With all of the potential money, power, and success laid out before us, who has time to focus on a ministry for God?
Let us, this day, pray that God would turn our hearts and our lives back to Him. Let us spend the remaining days we have on this earth pointing people to Christ, for He, alone, is our strength, our hope and our joy!
God Bless You,