But the city and everything in it are set apart to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and everyone with her in the house will live, because she hid the men we sent. Joshua 6:17 HCSB
I grew up in a pastor's home and came to know the Lord as my Savior when I was ten years old. I did not live a wicked and destructive life before coming to Christ. Through the years I have heard testimonies of prostitutes, drug dealers, and murderers who have come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Their testimonies seem more exciting and compelling than mine, but the bottom line is that we are all sinners regardless of the type of sin and fall short of God's glory.
It is interesting that God's Word points out that Rahab was a prostitute. She obviously was not Jewish, but at some point she had a conversion experience. Rahab was accepted into the family of the Israelites because of her faith and belief in God. For some reason she rejected the logic that the city of Jericho was well fortified and the people who lived there were much larger than the Israelites. Rahab believed that the God of the Israelites was powerful and could accomplish anything, including the destruction of Jericho. She is even listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11:31. It is amazing how God can transform a person from the worst and most wicked backgrounds into someone who lives to please Him.
Challenge: God can and will transform your life if you will only let Him. He is in the life-changing business and wants to make you into the person He created you to be. Let go and trust Him even when it does not seem to make sense. He will protect you and show you His ways.