You Don’t Know What God Has Been Doing (Joshua 2:8-11)

Joshua 2:8-11


8 Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9 and said to the men, “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. 10 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. 11 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.  


        You never know what kind of Work God has done ahead of you in order to allow you to be a part of accomplishing his will. When the spies met Rahab, she told them that, as soon as Israel came out of Egypt, the fear of them and of their God paralyzed the inhabitants of Canaan.


        But do you remember how the Israelites failed to enter and take Canaan forty years earlier? Why did they not go in? They were afraid that they would not be able to defeat the Canaanites and take their land. The Israelites had no idea that god had already won the victory for them by terrifying the occupants of the land. The Israelites were too afraid to take the land because they did not know what God was doing behind the scenes.


        Is there somebody with whom you need to share Jesus? Have you been waiting for what you think is the right moment? Are you afraid that they will just never listen to you? Do you not realize that God is working in ways you cannot see? You have no idea what God has done in that person’s heart. They may look like an unconquerable foe to you, but it could well be that God has already moved in their heart to make them ready to turn to Jesus if somebody will simply call them to do so.


        Christians, our God is so great. He can work in the hearts of the hardest of people. He can prepare them for things that we could never imagine. We need simply to obey him. We need to trust God, and let God do the work that we could never accomplish.