the perfect day to realize that anyone can change.
“Before the spies went to sleep that night, Rahab went up on the roof to talk with them.” Joshua 2:8 NLT
There are many lessons for us all to learn by examining the changes that took place in Rahab, who was a prostitute in the city of Jericho.
She was willing to risk her life to help the spies the Israelites had sent ahead before invading the city. She sensed that this ‘God’ that the Israelites relied on was worth trusting, so she allowed them to hide on her roof and lied to the king’s men who came to look for them.
Going up on the roof before the men went to sleep, Rahab talked with them about what she had heard about the power of the God of the Israelites. Her faith that the Israelites were correct proved to be well founded; “By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish along with those who were disobedient, after she had welcomed the spies in peace.” (Hebrews 11:31 NASB).
Rahab’s life after the fall of Jericho became one of significance. She married Salmon and gave birth to Boaz. Boaz grew to be a man of tremendous character. Rahab was the great-great grandmother of King David, and as such, was in the direct lineage of Jesus Christ.
Most of us would tend to shy away from a prostitute. We would try to maintain distance from people we considered to be of low moral character. We would tend to want to keep criminals and other such “undesirables” separate from those who are “decent”.
But what if every one of us were to embrace all of mankind with the same love that the Lord does? What if we all viewed the worst that society had to offer as having the potential to be the best that the world has ever seen?
God has taken some of the worst that have walked the earth and transformed them into hardworking, dedicated individuals who have been filled with His spirit. “The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” (1 Samuel 10:6 NIV).
We must never allow ourselves to think that people cannot completely change their lives with the help of God. After all, if He can create the world and everything in it, surely He can help change a person’s heart.
When we see a human being attempting to change, it is our obligation to God to help them, support them, and encourage them. Anyone can change, and today is the perfect day to realize that.