Rahab - Week 5: The Big Picture

We can’t see the big picture of what God is doing—only the little dots of time and space. But when we don’t understand, we can still trust in His promises.

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Erin Davis

Erin Davis

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many …

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Erin Davis: Well, grab your Bible and your copy of the study Rahab that we’re walking through. (It’s okay with me if you have some great snacks close at hand. That’s really helpful!) Pull up a chair.

I’m joined by some women that I adore, and I know you’re going to adore them, too. We’re walking through a study of Rahab together, Tracing the Thread of Redemption. I would love for you, panel, to reintroduce yourselves. Hopefully they’ve been listening to us, they’ve been walking through this study with us.

I have a big question for you, a big intro question. I want to know your favorite promise of God. So, I’ll go first; I’ll give you a minute to think. My name is Erin. Probably my favorite promises are: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). “I am with you always, to the [very] end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). (It’s okay if these are your favorite verses, too.)

Sometimes I need that, like, tattooed on my eyelids, because I feel like, “Oh, no! He’s left me! He’s going to abandon me! He’s going to give up on me! He’s going to quit on me! (Because I quit on me!) And I remember the promise, “Nope, He’s with me always, to the very end of the age.”

If I had to pick a promise as my favorite, that would be mine.

Leslie Bennett: Can I share two?

Erin: Yes, you can share ten!

Leslie: Great. I’m Leslie. From Philippians, I love 4:19, “For I will meet all of your needs according to the glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (paraphrase). And I have a new promise that I’m grabbing hold to in my older age, and it is: Psalm 37:25, “For once I was young and now I am old; I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging for bread” (NIV).

And that’s just the faithfulness of God in my life. Now that I am the older woman it just is speaking precious truths to me, encouraging me.

Erin: I love those promises!

Lisa Whittle: So good! I’m Lisa; I’m from North Carolina. Oh man, I cannot pick one, and since Leslie did two . . .

Leslie: Are you going to beat me with three? 

Lisa: No, no desire to be an overachiever here. From Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” I love the fact that God’s a finisher, because I leave a lot of tasks undone, and He doesn’t! I claim that one often.

Also, I love the promise of Ephesians 1:19–20, that the same power that raised Christ from the dead is available to us who believe in Him! I claim that a lot as I walk through this world; it feels like it’s gone crazy! I want to believe that I can walk strong, so that’s one that I claim a lot—especially in recent years.

Erin: I love that one. Ron Dunn is my favorite old-timey preacher; he’s in heaven now, but somehow he’s still podcasting. (laughter) So I love the Ron Dunn podcasts. Here’s one that sticks with me. He says, “Faith is betting all of your chips on the faithfulness of God.” It’s just pushing everything forward to, “God’s going to be faithful!”

Lisa: Oh, I love that picture!

Erin: And that’s what we do with the promises. You both just came alive when you were telling me those promises. Those came from a deep place in you. Somewhere you’ve pushed the chips of your life toward, “I believe He’s going to finish the work He started!” “I believe” (remind me of your promises) . . .

Leslie: “He’s going to meet every need of mine!”

Erin: “Out of His riches in glory!”

Leslie: “Out of His …

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