Tuesday, 2 June 2015
“And Salmon begat Boaz of Rahab; and Boaz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse”. Matthew 1:5 (KJV)
Rahab was a prostitute. She took a good look at her life and must have imagined how she would end up. She saw an opportunity when the servant of God who came to spy the land lodged at her house. She took a decision to end prostitution. She looked at herself and realized that of all the people in her city, God had chosen to visit her. She made a decision to end prostitution that day and start a new life. She made the choice to hide the spies and side with the Lord. If you check the Scriptures, Rahab is documented in the lineage of Jesus Christ. That’s God. That’s an uncommon grace. God qualifies the unqualified! So you see you are the only one who can rule yourself out. God has not rejected you. He does not reject anyone.
Don’t ever write off anyone, no matter how bad their situation is. Don’t write people off no matter how far gone or hopeless their case is. As long as a man is still sitting under the teaching of the word of God, don’t underestimate him. It was Job who said a tree can be cut down but as long as that tree perceives the scent of water it will sprout again and bring forth (Job14:7-9). Water here is a type of the Word of God.
Ruth was another example. Ruth and Orpah were married to the sons of Elimelech. They both lost their husbands during difficult times. Orpah turned back and we never heard about her again. There is no book documented in her name. They both got married to the same family and were introduced to the same God. They both had colourful destinies but when they came to a cross road in their lives, Orpah said what the world normally says; a bird in hand is better than thousands in the bush. That’s not what the bible says, it is a fable.
The believer walks by faith and not by sight. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law and went back but Ruth said the future may not look colourful, it may look ordinary, and it may appear as if nothing can happen but I’d rather stay connected to God almighty and I will not let go of his love for me. She went with Naomi. Ruth went with God and today a whole book of the bible is dedicated to Ruth. In the scripture, a Moabitess, Ruth, was found in the lineage of Christ. That is an uncommon grace.
Make a decision to go all the way with the Lord today and I assure you that you will also experience uncommon grace. I bless you today in the name of the Lord.
Further reading: Joshua 2; 6:1-25, Hebrews 11:31, Ruth 1 Daily Bible reading: Morning-2 Chronicles 17-18, Evening-John 13:1-20