“Agreed,” she replied. “Let it be as you say.” (Josh. 2:21)

 As a parent, I only want what is best for my children. It is my responsibility to teach them how to function as adults and overcome the trials and tribulations they will face when they are older. Yet, in order to do this, my children must have teachable spirits. They must be willing to learn and submit themselves to my authority. If they refuse, then it limits the amount of protection and guidance I can provide. However, when they allow me to direct their paths, they can trust that I, as the parent, will do everything within my power to keep them safe.

Rahab was willing to submit to the authority of the spies. She risked her own life to save theirs by hiding them on the roof. Rather than attempt to control how the spies would help her, she listened to their orders and agreed to obey. Despite them “owing her,” she submitted to their authority. And in return they swore to use their power to keep her and her family safe.

Christ-followers are called to submit to the spiritual authority of our heavenly Father. We can trust he, as our father, has only our best interests at heart. And, if we will allow him to direct our paths, then he will cover us with his power and keep us safe.

Allow your steps to be ordered by God.

Tara Klein, a lover of words, shares her imperfect, unconventional Christian journey as a female, mother, and wife to invite others into God’s unconditional love.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.