When You feel Like That Messy Girl

What God says about the dirty girl
Unqualified,
undeserving, blamed, that girl everyone avoids and narrowly looks down on. This
girl makes the heads turn the other way and shoulders shudder, ever being that girl?
Clad with every bit of messiness, filth and dirtiness. 
Do you know that girl?
Let me
show that same woman who lived in the days gone by and who still lives in
the present day. Let me
show Rahab who is a well known wayward, favorite playtime for the ‘big boys’.

What God
did with this all round messy girl was remarkable and unexpected.
Oh well I know Rahab’, you would think. 
But she still lives here among us. It may be you, or the sister next door.

 Purely my personal opinion here (Please read Joshua
2:1-7
) she gives me the impression she was comfortable and a bit
classy too. Why? The king knew who she was. This girl must have been a pro
at her job to earn the notice of the king. May be she was pretty, put together,
seductive and had her way with men. 
She probably had all the sassy, sweet
little nothings many men would love to hear. Her clients will most likely return for more and more because she sure had a way for making the ‘Boys’ feel good.
I sincerely
don’t think I will be a match for her witty nature.
What do I admire about this woman?

Allow me share
with you.
Now therefore, I pray you, swear
unto me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew
kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father,
and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
And the men answered her, Our life
for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD
hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
Joshua 2:12-14
* Most likely to she lived in “this lifestyle” to sustain her family. 

* She got the chance to ask for a favor. She was in no way selfish about it. 

* She wanted her family saved.
Wow! 

* This gives me the impression that she was no ordinary girl even in her messy state. She was
caring, loving in the midst of her dirty girl disposition.

I am sure
you will think,
Does she have it all? No!
Unsatisfied
and hungry for this God of Israel she had heard of. The God of Israel who had conquered
all of Israel’s enemies and was coming for her nation.
Oh, I
love this woman!
♥ She had
faith in God’s people.
♥ She had
faith in their promise of the scarlet thread.
♥ She had
faith that not only saved her but everyone close to her.
♥ She had
faith in God.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished
not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
Hebrews 11:31
God
repaid her kindness saved her and took away her filthy garments adopted her
into His Kingdom.
Are you
her?
God has showered you with His love (Jeremiah 31:3).
Are you
her?
You have no one to condemn you because He has
loved you 
(Romans 8:1).
Are you
her?
God is ready to take away that messiness and
give you beauty for ashes.

Oops! He has given you the beauty for ashes already (Isaiah 61:3).
Are you
her?
Men have looked down on you; but He has lifted
you from the miry clay and set your feet on the solid rock 
(Psalm 40:2).
Are you
her?
Don’t forget the Scarlet thread it is a symbol of
His promise to you. He will never leave you or forsake you 
(Joshua 1:5).

When ever you feel like that messy girl, remember,
♥ God sees
your heart,
♥ He loves
you,
♥ You are
His Main girl,
♥ You are His
own.
Like
Rahab, embrace His love.

Like Rahab, He has reserved your place among His
people.

Prayer Prompt
Dear Lord, thank you for your unfailing
love. You embrace me with Your Glory. You cover me in your Mercy.
You found me in filth but You Lord, did
not judge me but drew me closer and took away my filthy garments. Lord you gave
me beauty for ashes.
Thank you for the scarlet thread, the
symbol of your promise to never leave me nor forsake me.
By His
Grace,

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49 thoughts on “When You feel Like That Messy Girl”

  1. It's always encouraging to look at the examples in Scripture and see God's faithfulness despite our messiness. Thank you for this reminder that God continues to seek out those who put their trust in Him and are willing to serve Him with all their lives. He is faithful to draw near to those who draw near to Him with their whole hearts. What a wonderful Truth!

  2. It's so encouraging to read of people like Rahab in the Bible and realize that no matter how messy her situation was — just like it feels like my life so often is — Rahab ended up in the genealogy of Jesus. God doesn't look for perfect people; He looks for willing, faithful people who believe and trust in Him. He truly gives beauty for ashes. Such an important reminder! Thank you for this!

    • God looks for willing, faithful people who trust Him- I love that Ronja.
      I am glad He loves us and covers us with His Glory.
      Many Blessings to you Ronja and thanks for your encouraging comment.

  3. Rahab recognized the men were from God and respected them enough to hide them and then request that she and her family be saved. Amazing that she is later mentioned in the Royal line. Oh yes, thanks for visiting my story about Johnny DeLong. Yes, those comic Christian tracts have a salvation prayer at the end of each. They are very small and fit easily into a pocket or purse.

  4. I enjoyed your post today. I have always thought that Rahab was a courageous one to take the risk of hiding the men of God and asking and trusting them for her family to be saved. Our God can really turn things around! I'm taking notes about that today! Have a wonderful week.
    Bless you!
    Mary

  5. Oh yeah! The scarlet thread of redemption running through the Scriptures, showing us just what God can do. And there she is, right smack dab on the front page of the New Testament, in the genealogy of Jesus! Isn't that beautiful?
    Thanks so much for a glory moment today!

  6. Oh, I do love a good Bible story on a Saturday morning. Rahab is one of my go-to girls, and Ruth Tucker (Dynamic Women of the Bible) thinks of her as a saloon girl in an old western movie — usually named "Kitty." I love her heart, and I love that God put her in the Messianic line — messy Canaanite gene pool, messy background, and all!

    • Hello Michele, I am trying to get to your blog! Please add it under your comment. That way I can visit you.
      I am glad Rahab's story encourages us.
      Thanks for your visit and comments here.
      Many Blessings to you

  7. God is faithful and we all have a little bit of Rehab in each of us. Inspite of her profession she showed strength, bravery and commitment. She was a strong woman and one whom we should take note of in the Bible. Love how you share stories. Thank you for linking up at The Weekend Brew.

  8. I think what's making it harder for people in messy situation are the people around them accusing or bringing them down some more.
    But God looks at us in a way very different. He can use even the messiest character in the Bible to do His will. 🙂

    • We need to be reminded that God is faithful to keep His promises including forgiveness. WOW!
      I am glad your women group did discuss it so this serves as a reminder.
      Many Blessings my Friend.

  9. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that though we are flawed sinners He loves us just the same. I pray that we all live our lives showing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His unfailing love.

  10. Thank you for sharing your beautiful post with us here at Tell me a Story. Rahab does live among us – yet she is no longer the same person that some rebuked her for. She is a changed woman and now they call her Lady Rehab. 🙂

  11. Ifeoma, this is so very encouraging. Thank you for sharing these powerful verses and making them meaningful for me. Loved this. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  12. Ifeoma, I also think we determine too quickly that we are nothing like Rahab the harlot or other women portrayed in the Bible–when in fact, we have much more in common than we think. I love your insights here!

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