By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” (Heb. 11:31)
Recently, I was led by the Holy Ghost to study the Book of Joshua. During my interactions with the Spirit of the Word, the following insights were delivered to my spirit as it regards to the life of Rahab and invaluable life lessons were learnt. Please, permit me to share them with you.
1. Location is vital in business. (Josh.2:1,15)
I want to believe that Rahab was also into the business of hospitality apart from the ilk prostitution. The fact that the spies sought for accommodation at her lodge confirms my belief. Therefore, Rahab’s business was well and strategically located that visitors to the city found accommodation in her lodge. She needed no publicity because the location of her business gave her the vantage positioning she needed to woe customers and secret state security agents alike.
It must be stressed that God’s direction must also be sought in determining the location of your business alongside your feasibility studies. Please note that spiritually strategic location will determine your allocation. (Gen.49:22)
2. It is better to accept and apply spiritual knowledge than fight it. (Josh.2:9)
In this dispensation, religious and traditional people tend to fight new knowledge and whatever threatens the old order or status quo. But, here is a prostitute who caught knowledge of the superiority of the God of Israel to theirs and decided to accept and apply the knowledge for her salvation. Contrary to her country men and women who resisted and fought the new knowledge. (2Pet.3:16)
3. You can negotiate your destiny. (Josh.2:12,13)
Rahab had the covenant sense to negotiate her total freedom and liberty having aligned with the revelation she had about the God of Israel. She realized that her realignment could change her destiny automatically and she leveraged on that to negotiate. Praise God in the Highest! Jesus has negotiated and purchased us unto redemption by His efficacious blood. All we need to do is to fight the fight of faith and lay hold on the irrevocable blessings of redemption. (Rev. 5: 1-12; 1Tim. 6:12)
4. Intercession can save my family and others. (Josh.2:13)
Rahab was not selfish or self-centred but she had the sense to intercede for herself and her entire family to be saved. Her intercession preserved her lineage. (Gen. 18:22- 33)
5. What you sow is what you reap. (Josh. 2:12)
Every seed reproduces after its kind. Also, per Rev. Simeon Afolabi, “Every help is a seed for tomorrow.” Rahab sowed kindness to God’s messengers and reaped kindness from God. (Gal. 6:7,8)
6. That the Word of God is a sworn oath that confirms my liberty. (Josh. 2:12-14,17)
Rahab in her wisdom insisted and prayed for her promise to be sealed under oath for confirmation. The Word of God is ever confirmed by an oath. (Heb. 6:16-18)
7. That strategic thinking is better that strategic ammunitions. (Josh.2:15,16)
Rahab was a strategist. She strategically thought on how to preserve the lives of the sent spies. And her thoughts were flawless and did work. (Prov.24:6)
8. Faith requires prompt obedience. (Josh.2:21)
Rahab believed the promises of the spies and immediately implemented the instructions given to her by the spies for her deliverance. (Gen.22:1-3; Heb.11:6-8)
Friend, meditate on these lessons and give yourself wholly to them. I see your profits being significant for all to see. Welcome to the blessed month of August.
Remain ever beautified!