Rahab to the Rescue

Jane Douglass White

READ : Joshua 2:1-20   The spies probably went to Rahab’s house because it was a gathering place for men and they hoped to pick up information. Rahab was a sinful woman, yet she was the instrument God used to rescue the spies from capture by the king of Jericho. Why was she chosen? Because she heard of the powerful God of the Israelites and believed in Him. Believing in God’s power, she helped the spies. I met a woman …

Believing is Seeing

Jane Douglass White

READ : James 2:25-26, Numbers 14:2-9   When the Israelites came to the border of Canaan, Moses sent twelve men to spy out the land. They returned with beautiful produce, saying the land was good. Ten spies said the people were too strong to conquer. Only Caleb and Joshua believed God would bring them into the promised land. Everyone else wanted to return to Egypt’s slavery, rather than risk entering the land. Ten spies came back, seeing only the giants, …

Advice from an In-Law

Jane Douglass White

READ : Exodus 18:13-24   Do you like kibitzers looking over your shoulder, giving advice? I am on excellent terms with our married children because I never give them advice unless asked. (I have to zip my lips at certain times.) Here was Moses’ father-in-law telling him how to run his business. And Moses listened and “did all he said.” Billy doesn’t want Dad to tell him how to pitch a ball, yet he wonders why his friend Bobby is …

Forgiveness in Action

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 45:1-11   Chapters 41-45 in Genesis tell us that God so blessed Joseph that Pharaoh appointed him prime minister with powers second only to himself. If you have time, read those chapters. Joseph was always faithful to God, acting fairly and wisely. A famine came and Joseph’s brothers had to come to Joseph for food. Joseph chose to forgive them, rather than seek revenge for the wrong they had done him. He said to them: “Do not …

Promises! Promises!

Jane Douglass White

READ : Genesis 40:1-15   Joseph had time to listen to his cellmates and gave them help in interpreting their dreams. Wouldn’t you think the cupbearer, who had received good news from Joseph, would have, upon his release, put in a good word for Joseph with the Pharaoh? Have you ever promised to send someone a recipe of one of your favorite dishes that they raved about and then forgot to send it? Or perhaps you promised to call someone …