Before I had children, my view of God was quite different. Somehow having kids gave me a whole new perspective on my relationship with father God. As a father of all girls, I was particularly interested in the story of the daughters of Zelophehad. Today’s chapter got me thinking about how God provides for His children – specifically, how He responds when we ask Him for something. Look at verses 3 – 6:
3 However, Zelophehad son of Hepher, who was a descendant of Manasseh, Makir, and Gilead, had no sons. Instead, he had five daughters. Their names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 4 These women came to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the Israelite leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with the men of our tribe.”So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with their uncles, as the LORD had commanded. 5 As a result, Manasseh’s inheritance came to ten parcels of land, in addition to the land of Gilead and Bashan across the Jordan River, 6 because the female descendants of Manasseh received an inheritance along with the male descendants. (The land of Gilead was given to the rest of the male descendants of Manasseh.)
There is another description of this situation in Numbers 27 that gives a little clearer understanding to my point:
1 One day a petition was presented by the daughters of Zelophehad – Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. Their father, Zelophehad, was the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph. 2 These women went and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the tribal leaders, and the entire community at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 3 “Our father died in the wilderness without leaving any sons,” they said. “But he was not among Korah’s followers, who rebelled against the LORD. He died because of his own sin. 4 Why should the name of our father disappear just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.” 5 So Moses brought their case before the LORD. 6 And the LORD replied to Moses, 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. You must give them an inheritance of land along with their father’s relatives. Assign them the property that would have been given to their father.
Do you see how the lives of these daughters, and their family name, would have turned out quite differently if they had not had the courage and conviction to approach Moses and the leaders regarding this request? It kind of reminds me of some New Testament promises:
James 4:2b: “And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”
Matthew 7:7: “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.”
This digging led me to another relevant example in the book of Luke where Jesus encourages us to be bold in asking God for things:
1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'” 5 Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
What’s holding you back from asking God? Fear? Guilt? Insecurity? Self-worth? I know these things sometimes go through my mind before I ask God for things. I’m thankful for these truths today so I can approach Him for a few needs in my life today.
Thank You, Lord for Your perfect timing in reading today’s encouragement!