Our Past Doesn’t Dictate Our Usefulness to God
By Dr. Michelle Bengtson
“It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.” Hebrews 11:31
Have you ever done something so bad in your life that you feared God could no longer use you?
Have you ever allowed shame over your words or actions to hold you back from God’s call on your life?
Have you ever believed that your past disqualifies you in some way from serving God?
The enemy would like us to believe that our messy pasts erode any promise in our future. I’m a firm believer, however, that God uses our greatest messes to be our greatest message for Him.
What God desires is that we would first believe in Him, and then that our heart would be surrendered to His plans.
Joshua 2 tells the story of Rahab, who is a perfect example of just this! Rahab was a prostitute in the Old Testament. Many would consider her anything but godly. Yet scripture tells us that Rahab believed in the one true God. Joshua led the Jews into the promised land and sent two spies into the city of Jericho. Rahab hid the spies on the roof top of her inn, and when the king of Jericho sent soldiers to her inn demanding that she turn over the spies, she lied about their whereabouts and sent them searching for the spies in another direction. Rahab kept silent about the spies’ mission, and in return, Joshua spared Rahab and her entire family’s lives when Jericho was invaded and destroyed.
Rahab’s history as a prostitute may have caused others to doubt her worth, but she believed in the one true God and risked her life for Him by providing safety for Joshua’s spies. She heard how God delivered the Jews from their enemy, then, because of her faithfulness to God, she experienced His deliverance firsthand when all those in Jericho who disobeyed God were killed. James 2:25 reveals that Rahab was considered righteous because of her service to God.
God does not judge us in the same way we judge others. Nor does He use our status, accomplishments, or a blemish-free record as the determining factor for His ability to use us in service to Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8).
God is looking for those who believe in Him and are willing to surrender to His plans. Our history, mistakes, and messes allow for God to receive greater glory for the outcome.
What messes do you need to give Him today?
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Author, speaker and board certified clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Michelle Bengtson is also a wife, mother, and friend. She knows pain and despair firsthand and combines her professional expertise and personal experience with her faith to address issues surrounding medical and mental disorders, both for those who suffer and for those who care for them. She offers sound practical tools, affirms worth, and encourages faith. Dr. Michelle Bengtson offers hope as a key to unlock joy and relief—even in the middle of the storm. She blogs regularly on her own site: http://www.DrMichelleBengtson.com
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