03/18/18 Making Himself Known

READING: Joshua 1-2

“For the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.”

Joshua 2:11

I remember when I first heard the story of Rahab, the prostitute. I was a teenager, and it was cool to learn about her hiding spies in her house, lowering them down the wall, and helping them escape their pursuers. I didn’t know enough to debate the issues of her being a prostitute or her deceiving the pursuers, but none of that mattered to me. God had worked through her.  

It was years later – after I had begun to see God’s heart for the nations – that these verses grabbed my attention:

“I know that the Lord has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” (Josh. 2:9-11)

God had done mighty things among His people, including dividing the Red Sea and defeating the Amorite kings—and He did those things not only to lead His people, but also to spread His fame among the nations. Somehow, word of the power of God spread to the Canaanites, and their hearts were struck with fear. We know only of Rahab who turned to Him as God, but He honored that faith and protected her and her family when His people invaded the land. He made His name known so the nations would know Him as Lord.


  • Thank God for making His name known to you, however He first did so.
  • Pray that He might use you somehow to get His name to the nations.

PRAYER: “God, I praise You for making Your name known. You’re the all-powerful God.”     


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