I try to post a blog four days a week. Some days, like today, I have so much running through my mind – or very little for that matter – that I am not focused on a single thought or lesson.
Today, I am thinking about the wonderful devotional thought the freshman (Jackson B) from Tide4Christ shared last night. I am thinking about his point of actions speaking loader than words. I wonder what my “actions” on the drive in said about my life’s focus? I wonder what my demeanor at the drive-thru said? As I go through today, will my life reflect Christ or the world?
I am thinking about the discussions in Bible Class last night. We were studying Rahab in Joshua 2. This Gentile woman the ESV refers to as a prostitute hid the spies sent from Joshua, lied to those looking for them, and then sent the spies away in safety after receiving a promise of protection. When she hid them, she makes this statement of faith,
“I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” (Joshua 2:9-11, emp mine -BSMc).
Rahab had more faith than Israel. They often doubted what God promised (remember the twelve spies). Even these two spies only confess that God had given them the land and made the inhabitants hearts melt after they talk with Rahab. How is it that A Gentile woman of ill-repute has a better grasp on faith than God’s people? What does that say about us as Christians today? Do I miss seeing or acknowledging God’s blessings in my life because I think that others have bigger walls and more protection so obviously they have more blessings than I have?
I am thinking about families that are suffering with loss of property because of tornadoes. I am thinking of families whose loved ones recently died. I am thinking about teens involved in tragic accidents. I am thinking about those facing heart issues, cancers, and other feared diagnoses. Although I do not believe God causes these events, I pray He walk with those suffering and leads them through so that their faith grows stronger.
I am thinking about you – yes you – you who read this blog. I pray that you grow in faith. I pray that the words I share help you focus on what is spiritual over what is physical. I ask you to pray for me.