Understanding what God can and will do
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
Again, I must say it is a privilege to share with you a portion of God’s Word for encouragement and for spiritual growth. God’s Word, if believed and obeyed, changes lives.
In Joshua chapter two we have an illustration of something that is necessary to help us to understand more clearly what God can do, and will do in the Christian’s life. We will begin to see how God in our Lord Jesus Christ has already won every victory for us.
In the second chapter we learn that Joshua sent two spies into the Land of Canaan to find out what they could concerning the city of Jericho. This was the first city to be conquered and Joshua wanted to learn of the wealth of the land and the strength of the enemy. We note that the king was not asleep, right away he learns that two of the Israelites had entered Jericho.
The kings of Canaan are types of the principalities and powers mentioned in Ephesians chapter 6. It is possible that the king of Jericho was the most important of all these kings and became a type of Satan himself. The Devil is not asleep. He knows what is going on among the Christians in their work for the Lord Jesus Christ. This is a very good reason why we emphasize to the Christian to walk in the strength of the Lord.
This shows us that as Christians, we need to learn more about the inheritance we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to know the spiritual wealth that is ours in Him. We also need to get information on the strength of Satan just as Paul warns in II Corinthians 2:11, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
We need the information that Peter furnishes us, when he wrote in I Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
We need to know the reality of Satan and his strength, yet at the same time we must recognize that he is a defeated enemy. He is afraid of God and God’s people who believe God for victory. That is what happened in the heart of the king of Jericho. He was filled with fear. This is also true of the demons under Satan. We are victorious when we go against them in the strength of Christ. The Devil does not fear us, but he does fear Christ who is in us. John assures us in I John 4:4 when he wrote: “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” The Devil is no match for the One who indwells us.
Our strength, our power, our victory, our ability to overcome Satan is in Jesus Christ.
Joshua’s two spies entered Jericho, and they came to Rahab’s house. Life in Jericho was going along as usual, business was in accordance with everyday custom, but the city was under the sentence of the judgment of God. The people were proud of their city, what the people never realized was that within two weeks God would strike in judgment and the city would lie in a heap of ruins.
But within the city of Jericho there was one life that had faith in God, not a very strong faith, and not by any means a perfect faith, but Rahab believed in the living God, and was not ashamed to reveal that she did. Her faith was of such quality that we find reference to it in the list of heroes of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 31: “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
James also remarked in James 2:25 on Rahab’s faith: “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and sent them out another way?” Unlike the faith of some, her faith resulted in works. Because of her faith, and the shelter she gave to God’s people in her home, she became a sharer in all the blessings of the Land of Canaan. This woman’s faith produced works, and her works brought blessings.
It was not the works of Rahab that resulted in her salvation. Rahab was a woman of low morals and it was only by the grace of God. Salvation is in the finished work of Christ, and salvation is not something we do for Christ but something He has done for us.
We might ask, “How did Rahab get her faith?” It was just by hearing of God and by the life of God’s people, for she had never met God personally. She said in Joshua chapter 2 verse 9: “… 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.” This poor sinful woman, came to have faith in the reality of a living God because of what she saw in the life of God’s people. All the people of the land had begun to faint because of the armies of God. When they saw the army of God’s people beginning to prepare to cross the river Jordan, they knew that, in spite of their walls, they were helpness, because this army had God with it.
The most powerful witness in the saving of a soul is the life of a child of God that produces evidences for which the world looks for are not in what a Christian believes, but how a Christian lives.
Let me ask you what evidences of God living in your life are found in you?
I might ask you another question. What is your attitude toward your loved ones? Rahab was a poor woman who had gone down into the depth of sin, but had turned to God, and in her heart she cried out for the deliverance of her loved ones. If you are the only saved member among your loved ones, by faith cry out for salvation of your loved ones. Live Christ before them and look to God to bring them all to Himself.
There was a soul in Jericho to be saved, and that woman’s faith resulted from the evidences of God she saw in the people of God.
Today, we live in a world that is under the judgment of God, but at the right hand of God the Father in heaven is a Savior whose blood speaks. He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29). Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior? You do this by faith.
Pray for America and for our leaders. Continue to pray for our brave men and women in service.