The Prostitute

Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the Lord’s house. But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho—and she lives among the Israelites to this day. From Joshua 6

Joshua spared Rehab because she had hid the spies he sent when they first came to Jericho. She had disobeyed her king and hid the men on the roof of her house. She also helped them escape and lied to the leader of Jericho. She risked death all to follow God and do the right thing in the moment. All while she was a prostitute.

Often I focus on my mistakes and let them define me. I have had seasons where I let my issues or struggles define me. But Rehab’s story is so sweet and encouraging. In a moment, she changes everything by doing the right thing. Up until the spies knock on her door, she is a just a prostitute. But then she decides to take a step in the right direction. She doesn’t clean up her whole life first, she just let’s the spies in and goes from there.

Sometimes, when I mess up big, I want to wallow in that shame and self pity for far too long. I don’t want to do the right thing, or anything for a while. I just want to sit and sulk. I can hear myself thinking, “When I’m a better (mom/wife/person) I will do things differently…” But what if in that moment, I brushed myself off, and jumped into obeying God. Rehab didn’t tell the spies, “I am sorry, I can’t help you now…I need to leave my life of sin, sell my business, clean up my life and be a “good girl” for a while…But then I can hide you on my roof…” And I want to have the same attitude. When the world comes knocking at my door I want to jump in, even if I am far from the perfect person to help them.

God, I do want to let my sin define me. I want you to define me. I am sorry for my mistakes today, but I also am going to fully choose into and embrace Your forgiveness. May you use me in big ways today. I choose to jump in with both feet to the assignment you have for me today.


erikaDiving In is our online mid-week devotional. It jumps into the message from Sunday and takes us a little deeper. Take a moment to slow down from your busy day, and hear from the Holy Spirit. We re-post every Wednesday. You can follow along by clicking the +Follow button in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This week Diving In is written by Erika Thornton (Pastor Jonathan’s wife).