Written & Published by Lolita Buck
Just the thought of staying in a box or conforming to the standards of this world when it comes to the love that I have for my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ makes me cringe. That's why today I want to focus on some bad girls of the bible who God used mightily! I'll just call them "rebels with a cause". It is my prayer that this post changes your perspective so that you can see how God will sometimes break traditional rules to suit his overall purpose.
Now let me first put this disclaimer out there. I'm not saying that any of these women were saints or angels. In fact, most of them were far from it. But believe it or not God can use a rebel, even still today.
Lets first start with Rahab. She was a prostitute for crying out loud. After Joshua and God's chosen people had made it over to the promised land he instructed him to send two spies to view the land, specifically Jericho. Guess whose house those two spies hung out at? Good old Rahab. She wasn't an upstanding citizen by any means but God trusted this rebel to help execute his divine plan.
"Rahab the harlot and her father’s household and all she had, Joshua spared; and she has lived in the midst of Israel to this day, for she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho"
Moving right along lets talk about Potiphar's wife. She accused Joseph of wanting to have relations with her which was a bald faced lie. As a result Joseph went to prison. In spite of her dirty work however, he went on to become second in command as he found favor in prison because God was with him every step of the way. See how smooth God is? Once again he uses this bad girl of the bible to get the job done.
"But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did."
Last but certainly not least was the Samaritan woman. She met Jesus by Jacobs well. She didn't realize initially that it was him. To everyone else in her community she was an outcast because she had a history of sleeping with other women's husbands. But to him she was a rebel with a cause. She was so astonished and so elated that he took the time to chat with her that she went into her city and spread the Good News and led many to Christ. How awesome is that?
"Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, He told me everything I ever did. So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers."
They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
So as you can see when God sets his eyes on you it doesn't really matter what your history looks like. He still can get everything accomplished through you. These ladies weren't walking around with halos on and singing angelic songs. That were up to their usual mischief but God still saw puropse within each one of them. As I mentioned before I don't condone bad behavior but in God's hands even the worst of the worst become works of art. As he so masterfully shapes and molds them to fit into his divine plan. To God be the glory!
As you go forward in your daily journey I extend love & peace to each of you. I pray that you find your "it" and that you OWN IT. That the chains of this world be broken off of you & that you walk in the light that God intended you to walk in.
With dedication & servitude