8 Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof 9 and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
Rahab was a woman and an inhabitant of Jericho during the time when Joshua sent spies from the people of Israel to look over the land God was giving them. She was instrumental in saving them, because she hid them on her roof under stalks of flax that were there drying in the sun. She asked the spies to save her family, because she knew the people of Israel would take over the land.
She knew this because she and others in Jericho heard about the great deeds of God, bringing the people out of Egypt. They heard about the miracle at the Red Sea and their conquests and successful battles when the Lord was with them. Who can win if God is not with them?
We may not realize what a witness we can be to those who are outside of the faith, people like Rahab. Our actions and what we say can have a huge impact on others. They will judge the validity of our faith by what they see in us. They will be influenced to either draw near to God or turn away.
Let us consider what others see in us, and the quality of our witness. God does great things apart from us, but God also expects us to impact others in a positive way.
Guide us today, Lord, that by our actions we may bring honor to you. Let our words be authentic and our actions be those of love and compassion, even as you are kind and merciful to us. Let us be a witness that encourages others to believe in you, through Christ our Lord. Amen.