God Can Use Anyone

Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from

Shittim, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” So they went

and came into the house of a harlot, whose name was Rahab, and lodged

there.” Joshua 2:1

God can use anyone

What qualifies us to be of service to God? As we read in Joshua 2,

God can use anybody whose heart is turned towards Him. When we turn

our hearts towards God, we begin to understand what God can do. Anyone

whose heart is turned towards God can be effective for Him in this

ineffective world. And as we read in Joshua 2, no one is beyond the

reach of God and His unbelievable grace. Understanding grace is

critical to transforming our lives because it opens the door to what

liberates us from our bondage to self.

His amazing grace called out a harlot whose heart believed in God

almighty. The story of grace unfolds through the life of Rahab. In

verse 2:11 Rahab told the two spies she hid in her house, “When we

heard it (the story of how God delivered the Jews from the Egyptians

and parted the Red Sea) our hearts melted and no courage remained in

any man any longer because of you; for the Lord your God, He is God in

heaven above and on earth beneath.” Rahab’s heart turned towards God

because she heard of the power of God and believed in His sovereignty.

God often uses unique circumstances like Rahab’s to carry out His

plan. Certainly the house of a harlot was among the few places Jericho

soldiers would look for foreign spies.

In addition to unique circumstances discovering God’s grace leads to

strong belief and personal confession. God places in the open heart a

story that captures your entire life! Rahab’s life was transformed by

the stories she heard about God. “I know,” she said in verses 9 and

10, “that the Lord has given you the land, and that the terror of you

has fallen on us, and all the inhabitants of the land have melted 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 utterly destroyed,” Rahab was confessing her personal

belief in what God had done. She knew in her heart what God could do.

Her personal confession led her to a dynamic faith. She stepped out of

the boat and asked that she and her family be spared. It’s interesting

to note here that the two men, to this point, said nothing about

attacking Jericho. But Rahab knew they would and would destroy

everyone in it.

Rahab asked and received God’s grace. “Now therefore, please swear to

me by the Lord, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will

deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth,

and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and sisters and

deliver our lives from death.” Verses 2:12-13. The two spies agreed.

Her faith qualified her to be marked as a true believer in God.

Rahab’s house was distinguished to stand out from all the other homes

in Jericho when the Jews attacked it. She and the two spies agreed

that if she hung a cord of scarlet from her window she and all her

family in the house would be spared from death. That closely resembles

the passover story. And a cord of scarlet is the same color of the

sacrificial lamb’s blood every Jew placed on their two doorposts and

on the lintel so the angel of death would passover them. God marks

every believer in redemption through the grace of His blood.

God’s grace also gives us a confident assurance that God’s plan will

unfold, just as He says it will, and just as it did through Rahab.

When men move in sync with God they always arrive at a victorious

conclusion. When the two spies returned from Jericho they told Joshua,

“Surely the Lord has given all the land into our hands; moreover all

the inhabitants have melted away before us.” Verse 2:24.

The Israelites took Jericho and all the land, and spared the lives or

Rahab and her family. But that wasn’t the end of the grace God showed

Rahab. For her trust in God and her courage the Lord showered her

with His unbelievable grace as her life unfolded. And we read in

Matthew 1:5, Rahab, who begat Boaz, wound up in the lineage of Jesus.

God can use anyone to serve Him. No one has any excuses for being too

old or too uneducated, or too poor, or too bad, or too short, or too

tall. How could He use you today? Is your heart turned towards Him?