This one may prove challenging today, even for myself. I struggle knowing where to begin but trust in the Lord’s guidance. Please! Come along on the journey!
“Rahab the Do-Nothing” (Isaiah 30:7)
I was first stricken, taken aback by this. “Do nothing?!” How can this be?! Ill words spoken of Rahab, the woman of faith who hid the spies? The mother of Boaz! Royal genealogy of Jesus the Christ! Rest assure folks, this is not the woman Rahab as we first thought. Rahab, a name designation for EGYPT. Whew! Relief right?
So what are these particular groups of passages showing us? Here’s where our new journey together begins, shall we…
This is about a group of people who begin to follow their own ways. They do not consult on The Lord before making their plans. (Isa. 30:2) They find themselves in sin and end up heaping more sin upon sin. Have you ever been on the Sin Spiral? When it seems one thing leads to the other, then the other, and so on… Once you get on this ride it begins to pick up pace and before you know it, are spinning out of control at a fast speed. Be wary of this! As you grow in faith and learn to discern The Lord you can stop this vicious cycle before it starts. When you sense one sin approaching STOP! Lest you can foresee what’s to come, spiraling down down down..
In v. 18 we are reminded of how much God longs to be gracious to us! (Thank you Jesus!) In all of our weakness He remains. As a parent will be disappointed in their child’s wrongdoing, they continue to love and care for them. So our God loves and cares for us. Can we give him praise for never leaving our side no matter how foolish we get, AMEN?! We are reminded of how Rahab was redeemed. The Bible shows us real people, like you and I, who out of our shame and darkness comes redemption and glory!
When we fail to remember this we may seek comfort in other things such as people, things to do, eat, or drink. Where do you turn when you feel abandoned or a failure? Are you a runner? Do you go into hiding? Do you lash out in anger and violence? Do we try to hurt others the way we’ve felt hurt?
Father God, we pray for those who are spiraling downward from one sin to the other with the hopeless sense of not knowing where to stop. I pray that with your strength and power they are lifted from the miry pit (Psalm 40:2) into your healing grace and salvation. Let us KNOW that during the midst of our foolish mistakes, you never leave us. You are a shepherd going out to bring the lost sheep home. (Matt. 18:12) We may run and hide but we cannot hide from you. We are reminded that the worst parts of us can be made new. Our filthy lives can change! Thank you for being the light that eliminates all darkness.