Obedience by Odd Steps!

Joshua 2:1-14, Common English Bible

Have you ever encountered a circumstance which seemed insurmountable and then God turned it around in a matter of moments?  Joshua is leading the Israelites to the land of promise.  God has given him the responsibility of leading with integrity.  God has also given him “common sense” and “strategic insight.”  And so he is directing some of his men to go and survey (check out) the land so they will know what next bold and courageous steps to take.

Knowing what steps to take is vitality important and critical to getting to God’s promised land, then and now.  Without taking the righteous steps the mission doesn’t get accomplished.  Although the landscape appears clear and right before us, the steps are often odd.  Notice the steps of the story.

Men step into the house of a prostitute (innkeeper)!
Joshua, Nun’s son, secretly sent two men as spies from Shittim.  He said, “Go. Look over the land, especially Jericho.”  They set out and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab. They bedded down there.   Joshua 2:1

Rahab steps out of her stigma!
But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.  Then she said, “Of course the men came to me.  But I didn’t know where they were from.  The men left when it was time to close the gate at dark, but I don’t know where the men went.  Hurry!  Chase after them! You might catch up with them.”   Joshua 2:4-5

Reward comes with obedience!
The men said to her, “We swear by our own lives to secure yours.  If you don’t reveal our mission, we will deal loyally and faithfully with you when the Lord gives us the land.”  Joshua 2:14

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Every step is a matter of our faith!”

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