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Rahab: she knew what God was doing!

September 27, 2005

On Sunday a guy at my church preached about Rahab who lived in Jericho, a heathen city, from Joshua 2:9-11. What amazing things Rahab knew about God and about God’s people. She recognized that the Lord was acting on behalf of the Israelites (v.10 “the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea”) and that they were powerful because of Him (v.10 “what you did to Sihon and Og … whom you completely destroyed”). She also knew that the Lord had given the land to the Israelites v.9.

It is almost embarrassing or maybe just very humbling, when those who don’t know God start telling you stuff about God that you haven’t really got a handle on yourself. I had a similar experience the other day. I have been reading a book called “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. The author talks a lot about God but mostly, as a creative force, not as a personal God. Nevertheless she was saying things about God that were true that I hadn’t given a lot of thought. For example she was writing about how extravagantly creative God is. He doesn’t just create one pink flower but He created hundreds of pink flowers and in comparison we are often stingy with our own creativity. The author also writes about why we are so reluctant with our own creativity and said much that I identify with. Anyway while I’m trying to get my head around this author, who is mostly likely not a Christian, yet seems to know so much about God’s creativity, along comes a preacher talking about Rahab, whom he described as a heathen who knew what God was doing!

Another interesting thing about this book, “The Artist’s Way”, is that while she is writing about the reasons why artists don’t create as much as they could, I’m thinking does the devil try to block all creative projects? Does the devil try to stop anything that in any way reflects God’s creativity?

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

4 thoughts on “Rahab: she knew what God was doing!”

  1. Kel

    Hi Susan
    Glad to read that you have been challenged and are growing through reading/doing The Artist’s Way book. I recently completed it too, and there was so much great stuff in there. I think her spiritual wisdom makes more sense than a lot of stuff that professional preachers spout from the pulpit. But then again, perhaps they are talking more about religion and not spirituality – and there is a difference.

    Happy to have found you in blogland via Kitty’s blog. Look forward to reading more from you.

  2. Kel

    Hi Susan
    Glad to read that you have been challenged and are growing through reading/doing The Artist’s Way book. I recently completed it too, and there was so much great stuff in there. I think her spiritual wisdom makes more sense than a lot of stuff that professional preachers spout from the pulpit. But then again, perhaps they are talking more about religion and not spirituality – and there is a difference.

    Happy to have found you in blogland via Kitty’s blog. Look forward to reading more from you.

  3. God is always doing a new thing. The devil is always doing the same thing. Which begs the question why does the church look so uncreative?

  4. God is always doing a new thing. The devil is always doing the same thing. Which begs the question why does the church look so uncreative?

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