Grace in the Battle
Text: Joshua 2
War is a brutal, take no prisoner deal. In order to enter the Promised Land, Joshua and the Israelites were going to have to drive out the peoples already living there and they had God’s command to do so.
Wisely, Joshua sent spies to scope out the land, and during this time we find the beautiful and redemptive story of the harlot Rahab. She hid and protected the spies, knowing their God was indeed powerful and going to give them the victory, and she asked in return to be spared when the time of battle came.
This is where grace steps in. The spies were under no obligation to grant her request. She was a heathen, and a prostitute on top of that. They had every right to tell her no; they could have claimed the name of God as the reason for her soon destruction, but they knew that she was not their target, she was not their enemy, and because of her gracious act, they too were gracious in promising the lives of her and her family.
If you are entering a battle, hold on to grace! Know who your real enemy is and be gracious to those in the war path. It’s too easy to be so focused and narrow-minded that we destroy the innocent (even if flawed!) with our words, our attitudes, and our actions. God may in fact bring you to a battle, but don’t start fights on the sidelines! Every battle plan must leave room for grace. After all, the Lord wants to fight for you, but there was a time you were His enemy, and He extended grace to you!