Dear Hope Family,
As I look out the window, I see the snow has begun melting at a more rapid pace. While I love the snow, the novelty and excitement has worn off, and I’m ready to return to a more normal routine. (And I’m sure fellow parents of school-aged children are as well!)
The melting snow is a perfect segue into what we are discussing this week in Joshua 2. In our passage, we learn that the Canaanites have heard about the miraculous works of God—how he has brought his people out of Egypt, defeated their enemies, and stands ready to conquer the Promised Land. And what is the Canaanites’ response? Rahab tells us in Joshua 2:11: “And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you….” (emphasis mine)
What might be missed in the story of Rahab—an incredible account of rescue and repentance—is that, like Rahab, all of the Canaanites are aware of this God who has fought for his people, and yet, unlike Rahab, they do not turn their hearts toward him. Instead, their hearts melt and become hardened, and they continue in their wicked ways. Which means Joshua 2 has a warning for us as well: those who do not trust in the Lord (and find protection under his scarlet cord) will be judged.
So as we wait and long for the return of King Jesus, are our hearts melted by God’s grace, so that we turn toward him in hope—knowing that without him we have nothing and with him we have everything we ever needed? Or are they hardened by fear, because we have so much to lose in this life?** I’m thankful that God’s extravagant grace is given to those who are sinful, weak, needy, and poor (like me!), so that I can sincerely pray, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!”
See you soon!
** For an interesting take on this, see Fleming Rutledge’s recent article on Advent and John the Baptist.