Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. “Go, look over the land,” he said, “especially Jericho.” Joshua 2 v 1
What an interesting set of questions this chapter raises!
Isn’t spying essentially deceitful?
How come the men decided to lodge with a prostitute?
How did Rahab come to believe and trust in God?
Was Rahab justified in telling a lie to the authorities when hiding the spies?
How can a prostitute be seen as God-fearing? AND end up in the genealogy of Jesus?
What made the spies so confident in their final report to Joshua?
Well, make of those questions what you will – but learn two lessons from the story.
First, Joshua did what every leader needs to do; he tried to get as much information about his objective as possible. He was clearly planning in advance and not leaving things to chance. There is no doubt he trusted God, but he did not sit back and just let things happen. Faith, which is confidence in God, did not stop him from doing everything he could to ensure victory.
Faith and human effort and ingenuity go hand in hand. It is not faith that says ‘God will do it, I don’t have to do anything.’ As a Youth Group leader, or Home Group leader, or a musician, or any other person with responsibility, you have an obligation to do everything possible to make the activity a success. It is more laziness than faith that says ‘It will be alright on the night – no need to bother.’
Second, see how the story of what God was doing spread around. (vv 9-11) It is amazing how people talk when they see God at work in and through His people. Stories about our Church will circulate in the community – for better or for worse!
For reflection: What do you think the community says about our Church – and the God we worship?