Welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for this daily challenge. It’s Thursday, the day we try to apply and live out what we’ve learned this week from the Bible. This week we’ve been studying
Remember Rahab? She was the one who helped Israel’s spies escape capture, and who wanted to become a part of their nation. The spies promised that they’d keep her alive during the attack.
And just as they’d promised, Rahab survived, we read yesterday.
This is extremely significant, because she is listed in New Testament genealogies as one fo Jesus’ ancestors. What happened on that day in Jericho was all part of God’s big plan to save the world.
In raising Jesus from the dead, God proved himself far more powerful than the forces of evil in our world. He was an unlikely victor as well. Like Israel marched around the powerful city of Jericho without using their weapons, Jesus took on the most powerful seeming force on earth, sin and death, as an unarmed, condemned man. He marched through certain death, and rose again to new life on the other side.
n both stories, God’s plan prevailed, not because of the strength of humanity, but because of his strength and power being greater than anything.
He wants us to follow behind him, protected by his new covenant promises, and march through certain death and into his new life as well, trusting him to lead us safely to the promised land of his kingdom.
A relationship with Jesus allows us to walk in confidence through this life, unafraid of sin and death, as his power of forgiveness has given us freedom. His love for us provides us with what we need to be clean in his perfect eyes.
Jesus’ gives us the courage, not because of our own power, but because of God’s power that is far greater than any power on this earth…even sin and death itself.
Maybe you have a “wall of Jericho” in your life—something that seems too big and powerful for you to deal with. But Jesus has already dealt with all that’s broken in this world, which will come crumbling down as we come into his kingdom.
Challenge: On a piece of paper, draw a brick wall. Write down in each brick the things in your life that make you feel powerless, or things that seem like obstacles to you right now. In what ways have you been trying to take control over that thing? What would it look like for you to see God’s power at work in that area? What would it look like for you to trust in God’s power rather than your own?
Read each item, and pray for God’s power in that situation. Rip out that brick, until the wall is completely dismantled.
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