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Most Christians have within themselves, a vision of what God is going to do in their lives, as well as how He is going to do it. They have put together a picture of their destiny. It could be in your connection to a church, an organization, a person, etc., that you have visualized the wonderful destiny that you believe God has set for you. Yet God’s divine destiny is not often what we have envisioned. For destiny is not a word that should lack preparation and proving. A God ordained destiny is also made through life’s hardships, challenges, and vicissitudes. Men make plans for their future, but God sets divine destinies. Just like many of us today, we try to fit our plans into God’s destiny.
When God gives you a divine destiny, it is always far greater than that destiny that you envisioned, as well as the ones that others want to give you. God was not going to make David a prince under King Saul, who would never be able to reign, as David may have envisioned, or was willing to settle for; rather God was setting forth a Divine Destiny for him as King.
Your divine destiny is set for a specific time, place, with certain people and in a preordained season. Although we may have planned, networked, connected, and set things in human order, it does not mean that that is our destiny. All of these things are fillers, and preparers for our divine destiny. Your divine destiny can be in a certain place, or connected to a certain person or group. Often when a person gets into that place, or meets those people, they get the sense of a divine connection. Not a human connection; rather a divine connection, where you know that God is going to do something at this place, or through this person or people, that will change your destiny, or the route that you are on.
Sometimes you can think that you have found your place, after you have been cast out. That is to say, that you may be allowed a temporary connection, which would seem to give you present purpose.
When I examine the story of David, when the Amalekites had taken his wives, children, his substance, as well as that of his men, I see a people discouraged at a very vulnerable point. The enemy will do things in your life to discourage you, with the purpose of preventing you from getting to your destiny. The attack and kidnapping of what belonged to David was a last ditch effort by the enemy to stop David from getting to his new destiny. David and his men had come to the end of themselves at this place. They had expected to be restored, they had expected to have their needs met, they had thought that they were following a great man of God, who would lead them to great victories in God. Yet, they had been running from King Saul, they often lacked food, housing, and now what was closest to their hearts had been taken, their families. This kind of thing can bring a person to the point that they tell God, “I can’t take one more thing.” It was so bad that David’s men wanted to stone him. It is here that your divine destiny is about to break forth. Some never come to this place in their wilderness training, for they give up too soon.
Often before you step into your destiny, you come to your lowest point, wherein you feel that your faithfulness and service to God is of no value or purpose. Discouragement comes when we look at the difficulty of our circumstances. This is because we do not always understand the making processes of God. There is usually nothing within ourselves that can encourage us at this time, but if we begin to focus on God, thank and praise Him, the spirit of heaviness will soon be lifted. Once we are encouraged then we can seek the direction of the Lord with new hope.
When God tells you to pursue, and that you will recover everything, or get restored back to you what was lost, He is usually not just talking about getting back the things that were just taken. God is not just a today God. God gives recovery from your yesterday’s, to establish your tomorrows. God’s speech is timeless. That is to say, when God tells you what you’re going to get back, He’s not just speaking of your momentary issues; rather everything that He had destined for your life. Not only are you to recover what the enemy stole from you, but you will take all the substance of his house. Will you settle, or pursue your divine destiny in God? For you shall recover all.
Rahab' Story is God' Glory!
The knock on the door was soft but persistent. Rahab looked out of the window and saw the silhouettes of two men. Customers, she thought. She was used to night time visits by the townsmen. Her business was pure and simple and legal too. Oh, the wives in the town shunned her, but prostitution had bought her a good living. She had a house of her own, she provided for her family, and she had an established place in Jericho society, a less than respectable one. But she had a place!
Rahab was a harlot, a prostitute, she was a whore! She was a hoe! One of the few jobs available to women was that of a prostitute! After all, no one was hiring Sectaries, or cleaning people, and Mc Donald’s wasn’t hiring at the time. It might have been poverty and that of her household that forced her into prostitution in the first place. Poverty was by far the most common cause of prostitution in the ancient world, as it is in our world today. This story tells about the collusion between men of God and a prostitute.
The knock sounded again. Rahab opened the door and ushered the men inside. Rahab had decided quickly to hide the spies and put her life at risk. Had these scouts gone to any other house, they would certainly have been betrayed and put to death. God’s Israel had one friend, one well- wisher in all of Jericho, and that was Rahab the harlot. God knew where He had a friend that would be true and direct them. Rahab welcomed the scouts into her house, they lodged there, she knew both where they came from and what was their business.
It was told to the King that there were men of Israel in the City to search out the country. The King sent royal messengers to Rahab house, although they did not demand admittance to search, they asked her to bring the foreigners out. They may had an existing relationship with her that led them to trust or a superstitious belief of a woman’s house that cause them not to enter. Rahab lied! She denied that they were in her house.
Perceiving that they were observed coming into the city, she brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax. Rahab wasn’t just a prostitute. The flax drying on her roof indicates that she also prepared linen thread and perhaps clothing in a cottage industry like the virtuous woman of Proverb 31:24. Flax was produced from the herbaceous plant, which grows up to four feet in height, so she was able to hide the spies among the drying stalks. Was she trying to get out of the business of prostitution? Was her house used to sell textiles in the day, while at night she would ply her trade as a harlot?
Before they were laid down, she said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land. Therefore, swear to me by the LORD, since I have showed you kindness, that you will also show kindness unto my father’s house (Joshua 2:12). Rahab was asking them to testify under oath that they will keep their promise. Who knows better than a harlot knew how easy it is to lie to keep yourself out of trouble. Her livelihood had depended upon it. Rahab’s family’s fate is tied to her own. It has fallen on her to supply her family’s need through the unwanted and demeaning job of prostitution.
God saved Rahab the harlot, her family and all that she had because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. Rahab exposed herself to the utmost danger, even of life, in obedience to her faith. Her obligations to God were higher than her obligations to any other. God used Rahab the liar, Rahab the harlot, Rahab the women of great faith!
Her conversion reminds us that one day God will write His laws on the hearts and minds of all mankind, converting all peoples. A transformed life, like that experienced by Rahab, is there for you if you follow the apostle Peter's instruction: "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit
Surprisingly, Rahab married Salmon, the son of Judah's tribal leader. From this marriage would come their son Boaz, a faithful man of God. Boaz would marry Ruth (of the book of Ruth), and their son Obed would be the father of Jesse, the father of King David. From David would descend the Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ! Rahab’s Story is God’s Glory.
If a common harlot of Canaan could become an uncommon saint of faith and courage and receive the privilege of motherhood in the line of Jesus Christ, then surely nothing is impossible with God.