Tuesday, August 22 – Joshua 2:4-7

Aug 21, 2023

But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from. It came about, when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them.” But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof. So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan, to the crossing places; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.

 

We use phrases to express the fragile nature of trust such as, “Trust is difficult to earn and easy to lose” or “Love all, trust a few.” When we express our trust in others, we make ourselves vulnerable to them. At some time or another, we have all been burned, and this makes us cautious about who we will trust in the future. When the spies were staying with Rahab, they had to trust that God would protect them and that she would not betray them. Rahab had to trust that God would provide for her even if that meant taking down the place she called home.

 

It is easy to say we trust God but difficult to live it out. We struggle to make ourselves vulnerable to God and His plans—we would rather trust Him on our terms. The truth is, God is aware of your circumstances. God knows you better than anyone else and you can trust Him with your life. Just because we have been burned by people (even God’s people) does not mean we will be burned by God. His path may not look like what we expect, but God promises to be with us in the journey. Rahab would not have been protected if she had not trusted God. The spies would have been found and attacked if they had not trusted God and partnered with an unlikely person. As 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will do it.”

 

  • Where might God be calling you to trust Him today?
  • How has God proven Himself trustworthy in your life? How does reflecting on God’s past trustworthy actions give us faith for the present and future?
  • Pray and surrender to God your anxieties to God, seeking to trust Him fully.
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