“Then the two men returned. They came down from the hills and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they told him all that had happened to them. And they said to Joshua, ‘Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands. And also, all the inhabitants of the land melt away because of us.’” Joshua 2:23-24
Sometimes God gives us a small glimpse of what He is doing around us, just a hint of the outside effects of His work in our lives. Here in the book of Joshua, the two spies were given this glimpse through the words of Rahab. We don’t know what doubts they had before she began speaking. We aren’t told of the inner battles and questions, whether or not they fully believed in the power and faithfulness of God to give them victory. But we do see the result of her statement. “Truly the LORD has given all the land into our hands.” Absolute confidence that God is for them and will not fail.
It is pure grace that gives us these insights into the workings of our God. Because His Word should be enough for us. He has never failed. Ever. The Israelites had seen the Lord come through for them time and time again in the desert. Yet they still struggled with doubt. We are so prone to this. We like to be in control, to at least know all the details so we can lay them out in front of us and say, “OK, this is how God is going to come through.” But that isn’t faith. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). To have faith in God means to trust Him with all that we can’t see. We hope in Christ and choose to believe that His Word is true. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). “Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience” (Romans 8:24-25).
None of this is easy. But what a compassionate God is ours. He is very aware of our struggle and weakness. And He meets us there. Showing us truth in His Word. And, from time to time, unveiling His great work around us. Taking our breath away with evidences of His great wisdom, understanding, and faithfulness.
On this earth, we will never know all the ways our God is acting for us and how He is using our circumstances to fulfill His purposes in others’ lives. I pray that we will take note of these glimpses and remember that they are just small snapshots of the great work of our God. And in the moments when we can’t see the evidence, I pray that we will hold fast regardless of what our eyes see, believing that our God is faithful and declaring, “This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:9b).