I’ve really been taken by the story of Rahab in my Advent devotions this season. Her story is an amazing one…from prostitute to great, great, great (and so on) grandmother of Jesus. From the lowest of the low, to the bloodline of Christ.
Her story is certainly my story. Sure, I’m not in that “line of work” but I’ve lived a lifetime of mistakes and regrets. Yet, she has enough faith to ask Joshua’s spies who will eventually destroy her city of Jericho, to save her family. “I know the Lord has given you this land. For the Lord your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will be kind to me and my family since I have helped you.”
Based on the life she’s lead, does she really deserve that kind of treatment? Do I deserve God’s protection, patience, love, grace, mercy when I gossip and covet and worry and try so hard to be in control over and over and over again?
Joshua’s spies miraculously agree to Rahab’s request. They tell her to gather all her family and ask that she leave a scarlet rope dangling in her window from which the spies will escape. The scarlet rope is her lifeline and will keep her family safe.
What is your lifeline? Ann Voskamp says it better than I could ever hope to. “You know it with startling clarity at that moment – how there’s only a singular cord in this knotted mess of a world worth reaching for. It’s dangling right there from our impossible tangle, and it’s the one hope you need to reach for this Advent. That scarlet lifeline of Christ.”
Grab hold tight and don’t let go, my sweet friends!
Former Area Director; YoungLives Leader
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