Faith That’s Tested



Two of my favorite activities are writing books and teaching Bible study. I love when I can combine the two. When I teach Bible study, I like looking at people in the Bible and considering how they might have experienced what happened to them. Instead of simply reading about them, I try to get to know that person and understand them a little better.


In my latest release, A Ranchero’s (Rancher’s) Love, my heroine, Rosalinda, learns about Rahab in the book of Joshua. Because Rosalinda and Rahab have similarities in their lives, Rosalinda is fascinated with the Biblical person. I have my heroine stop and consider Rahab’s faith.


Rahab saves the Israelite spies. She chooses to trust God, and God, throughout the Israelite spies, promises her protection. She is told that her house and everyone in there will be safe when the Israelites return to Jericho. So, here is Rahab, a new believer in God, trusting Him to keep her safe.


What happens next?—

The people in Jericho are afraid—

Hundreds of thousands of Israelites begin daily marches around the city—

On the final day the Israelites march around and shout—

The walls fall down—

Everyone in the city dies except for Rahab and those in her house.


Imagine the earth trembling as thousands  and thousands of men march around the city. Imagine the escalating fear. Imagine the shaking as the walls begin to tumble, and the screams and cries as the people die. People Rahab knows.


I don’t know about you, but my faith would be tested. Especially, when I was a new Christian. Yet, Rahab waited for her salvation just as the spies told her to. She stayed in her home. I picture her perhaps crying out to God, holding on to her belief in Him. Maybe she’s even watching out the window as her hope and future approach.


Rosalinda, also had her faith severely tested. She had to decide whether to believe God’s word, and His promises, or trust in herself. I think we are often faced with this choice. Do I believe God, or do I take action on my own? The best course is always to wait on the Lord, even when the walls are shaking and the earth is trembling. He can be trusted.


The Ranchero’s Loveis the sequel to Bandoleroand can be found here on Amazon.

About Nancy J. Farrier

Nancy J Farrier is an award-winning author who lives in Southern Arizona in the Sonoran Desert. She loves the Southwest with its interesting historical past. When Nancy isn't writing, she loves to read, do needlecraft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website:
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