SOAP Journal – 19 June 2017 (Joshua 2:10)

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 utterly destroyed.

Joshua 2:10

Joshua sent two spies in to get intelligence on the lay of the land: strong points, weak points, that sort of thing. He told them to pay particular attention to Jericho, which makes sense, as it is the first city that the Israelites will conquer in the Promised Land. The spies go in, but are somehow revealed. They shelter in the home of a prostitute named Rahab. She tells the city leadership that the spies came to her house, but had already gone by the time the gates were being shut for the night. Meanwhile, the spies were hiding on her roof under stacks of stuff. This morning’s verse is part of her response to the spies before she helps them escape.

The denizens of Jericho had heard of what the LORD had done. They heard of the Red Sea opening up and the Israelites crossing on dry ground. They heard of Og and Sihon, two kings across the Jordan River from them who were neither kings nor even living at the time of the spies going through the land. The people of Jericho had heard, which means that the stories had gotten around. People were talking about what God had done for and through the Israelites.

The question for me is whether or not I am telling others what God has done for me. His fame spreads by word of mouth. I tell someone about something awesome God has done for me and they, in turn, relate the story to others. And God’s Fame grows. And His fame should grow. He has done great things for me and in me.

I was once a tremendously angry person and now that anger — while still an emotion that I feel intensely — is under pretty tight rein, by God’s doing. I did not meditate or follow any other sort of practice to gain control of my anger, I prayed and God gave me control of my anger. It was not an overnight hand-off, either, but a lengthy process of learning to surrender my anger to God’s control and to gain control of it by ceding control of it to Him. And it is things like that which increase God’s fame. The rage of a violently angry person brought to heel (me). The immediate and complete abstinence from alcohol on the part of a former alcoholic (one I know).

Am I sharing these stories (and others like them) with others? If yes, then I am taking part in increasing God’s fame and giving people a correct view of His power. If no, then I am robbing God of glory that is rightfully His and robbing other people of a right view of God’s might.

Father, thank You for showing Yourself mighty on behalf of those who love You. Please give me a mouth that is ready to praise You to anyone and everyone; to increase Your fame by nothing more than telling the truth about how You have impacted my life for the best.