She was safe as long as she stayed in the house. Before conquering Jericho, Joshua sent two spies in on a reconnaissance mission. That’s when they met Rahab and she befriended them. As a result they gave her a scarlet cord to hang from her window, identifying her house as “off limits” to the invading army. But notice the instructions that were given to her: “If any one goes outside your house into the street, his blood will be on his own head.” There’s a lesson here: if you’re a procrastinator the lesson is: “Get into the household of faith while you still have time!” If you’re drifting away from God the message is, “Don’t leave the house.” When it comes to the importance of staying under God’s protection, here are two great Bible illustrations: (1) “You shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood…And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning” (Ex 12:22 NKJV). (2) “Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, ‘Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved’” (Ac 27:31 NKJV). Are you getting the message? Stay in church. Stay in God’s Word. Stay in the place of prayer. Stay in the company of those who can build you up spiritually. The hour is too late and the attack is too great. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Ps 91:1 NKJV).
Published on Friday, December 30, 2011 @ 8:59 AM CDT