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Word for Today / Getting What You Want (1)

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Getting What You Want (1)

‘Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.’ Numbers 27:4 NKJV

The five daughters of Zelophehad are a great example of how to get what you want. The Israelites were about to possess the Promised Land. Guidelines had been established for allocating the land among the various tribes. But the law said that only males could inherit land. These five women thought this was unfair since it denied them the ability to inherit their deceased father’s property. So they challenged this law by taking their case to Moses. ‘Our father died in the wilderness… and he had no sons… Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.’ (Numbers 27:3–4 NKJV) Now, since it was God who gave the law, only He could change it. So Moses took their case before the Lord, and here’s what He said: ‘The daughters of Zelophehad speak what is right… you shall…cause the inheritance…to pass to them.’ (Numbers 27:7 NKJV)

These brave women took matters into their own hands. They had no men in their lives to speak up on their behalf—no husbands, no brothers, and no sons. Yes, they had uncles, but it was unlikely that they would support them in their request since they were asking for land that would, under the current plan, default to the uncles.

Here’s what we learn from this story:

(1) When something is unfair and unjust, God may be calling you to challenge and change it.
(2) All things don’t come to those who wait, but to those who are willing to go and get them.
(3) Man may close the door, but when you turn to God He can open it for you.

written by Bob Gass
It is certainly not that God made a mistake which required the input of the daughters of Xelophehad to correct His error. God has all of the answers for everyone and plan includes every situation which does or will exist. God does not want us to sit back and watch the world go by. We are to wait on the Lord, but we are also to dig in to obtain exactly what He has for each of us. Of course, the OP text from Numbers speaks of the natural world under OT law as God gave it Moses, but it also speaks to each of us.

God wants us to pursue exactly what He has for each of us. It is not a one time repentance and receipt of all that God has. God is not limited in His resources or His blessings for you and for me. God is only limited by our choices. He gave us the dominion over our choices. He wants us to continually give that dominion back to Him... and then we can and will grow more like Him.

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