Life is an adventure, consisting of plenty of ups and downs, good days, bad days, moments of triumph and moments to forget.
How do we retain peace in who we are and what we are here for when our world and our lives are just roller coasters of emotion. How can we have any security & hope for the future based on our past?
As Christians thankfully our identity is not based on our past achievement or failures, consider Rahab.
You can read her story and how the bible comments on her life in Joshua 2, Joshua 6: 22-25, Hebrews 11:31 & James 2:25.
Rahab literally means pride, insolence, savagery- hence there’s not many little girls called Rahab, she was a Caananite who were the enemies of Israel and their God, her chosen profession was prostitution- in fact it’s debated as to whether she was a madam operating a brothel out of her own home, oh and she was a convincing liar. She is not stand out material for hero of the year. Yet, despite all that, her past, her choices, God transforms her life, she puts her trust in God and she goes onto to become the Great Great Grandma of King David, and she appears in the family tree of Jesus as seen in Matthew 1.
She faced a choice as we all do, whose story are we trusting in? Are you defined by your history or by the history of God?
What is your faith borne out of? Is it the greateness of God or faith in our own ability?
This is what it says of Rahab who hid the spies and so saved their lives,
“I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, & that all the inhabitants of the land melt 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…..the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” Joshua 2.
Here is a woman whose own history and life is stacked against her, yet she hears something and acts upon it. Don’t let your past, your darkest present moments continue to be a barrier to God: sin is massive- yet grace goes further, all too often our past is a hang up that minimises grace. Your own history does not shape all you have to offer and all you can be, God’s does.
And his history centres around Jesus the God-man stepping into the breach for you in order to rescue. When Jesus hangs upon a cross- he hangs with the weight of our sin and wrong before God on his shoulders, his death and subsequent ressurection secure a new future for those who put their trust in Jesus, the Bible as God’s story is one that says to you, come home.
So like Rahab, whatever our depths, in faith lets centre on the one who moves mountains, the one who breached the gap between us and God so we could be welcomed into the family of God.