AFTERNOON MEDITATIONS AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!
Despite Rahab's reputation of being a harlot, she has good qualities. That's a study for another day. We know how the story goes...she hid two spy's sent out by Joshua to spy out Jericho.
The saying goes, "There's always someone who sees or knows something that goes on in the community." So very true, because someone saw the two men going into Rahab's place and told the king. He wanted her to send them out and give them up, but she lied and said they were gone.
Wouldn't you have obliged the King of Jericho? Wouldn't you have been afraid? Not Rahab! Rehab had heard about all that Israel's God had done to Israel's enemies and the powerful acts He wrought. Her faith was solidified in the testimony left behind of this great and powerful God. She was now fearing God not man. Scripture says, "The fear of man brings a snare."
I can tell you about fear. I have been in some scary, scary, situations as a believer where satan came with fierce threatenings and he lined up certain individuals whom he thought would up the ante on the fear I felt. Well...this situation persisted for 2-1/2 years before God brought it to an end. Yes, I felt intense fear, yes, I was concerned, and yes, it was difficult to endure, but I held on to the fact that God had previously confirmed for me that He was the giver of all I had.
When you are convinced that what God has given you was for you and saw the miracle He performed in order for you to have it, no man can now come and snatch it out from under you. That was my solid confirmation. So...the enemy and his co-horts were humbled as they sat with shock and awe that what they had sought to do to me didn't happen. They lost! I gained the victory by the power of God working on my behalf.
Where the presence of faith is, fear cannot coexist. Now, that doesn't mean that you won't feel fearful. There is no sin in feeling fear. The sin comes in when we act out of that fear and every action and reaction that follows is driven by fear. It's okay to be afraid, but take your fears to God and He will help you to act in faith right in the face of fear.
As for anyone whom satan uses to disturb your peace and drive you to fear, God has something just for them. Leave them to God. He knows exactly how to repay them for the evil deeds they do. They have allowed the enemy to use them and when he gets through with them, they will regret having meddled with you.
Rahab had no fear of the King of Jericho. She feared the Lord God of Israel and as a result, she and her family was spared the judgement that fell on her city. Rahab may of had a bad reputation, but God saw what she could become and she became Boaz's mother. Yes, her faith brought about future blessings and a hubby too! She is in the genealogy of Christ.
"For we have not been given the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind" (2 Tim. 1:7).