Saturday, July 31, 2021

Joshua 2:17-18, 21 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Joshua 2:17-18, 21

Now the men had said to her, "This oath you made us swear will not be binding on us unless, when we enter the land, you have tied this scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you have brought your father and mother, your brothers and all your family into your house.”…“Agreed," she replied. "Let it be as you say." So she sent them away, and they departed. And she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

 

It took Rahab only four verses to follow their instructions and tie the cord in the window. It says they left, and she tied the cord in the window, meaning the events happened at about the same time. She knew they were coming back, but she didn’t know when, so she left nothing to chance and immediately followed their command. Can we say the same about how we listen and follow the Lord? The promise of salvation the spies gave her hinges upon that cord being in the window, so she doesn’t delay. Are we as intentional and immediate with the Lord? Or do we think we have time and then, all of a sudden, like a thief in the night, He will appear, and if we’re not ready, we’re not going!

 

Rahab knew the answer to her problems lay in that cord and what it symbolized, so she did what had to be done! Can we say the same? Are we willing to surrender and seek the Lord with our whole heart and be saved, or are we going to leave it to chance? No one knows if Jesus will come back in their lifetime or not. But one thing is for certain: Whether He comes here or we go there, we will see Him face to face one day! The question isn’t “if” but “when.” So, the question I feel led to ask you this morning is this: the Lord has told you the only way to survive what is coming, but have you tied your cord in your window, or are you waiting for tomorrow when it might be too late?

 

One last thing: Rahab's faith and obedience saved her family, and yours could too! We never know how our obedience and faith can affect those around us and how the decisions we make today could change where those we love most spend eternity!

 

1 Thessalonians 5:2 - For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.

 

Revelation 20:15 - Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God Almighty, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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