PUSH to enter

neuschwanstein-castle-467116_1280Assertiveness has never been one of my innate qualities.  I don’t remember ever getting a spanking in my life, not necessarily because my parents were liberal-minded types against any form of corporate discipline; it may be more like you could look at me and make me cringe in fear.  (I’ve improved with age, but not too much.) ziggy

So when I read the story of Caleb’s daughter, Acsah, I’m a bit intrigued.  Caleb was on Joshua’s side when Moses originally sent in the crew to check out the Promised Land.  Ten of the fellas came back with their tails tucked between their legs, intimidated by the people’s size and strength.  Caleb and Joshua, on the other hand, were ready to go in with both barrels blazing. 

Now, several decades down the road, Caleb is still in go-mode, and not someone to be trifled with.  As was not unusual for the custom, this aged yet formidable warrior offers his daughter in marriage to the man who captures a particular city Caleb wanted to add to his present holdings.

“Othniel…was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife. When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field.  As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, ‘What’s the matter?’  She said, ‘Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.’ So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”

It seems that initially she wanted her husband to ask Caleb for it, but then ended up doing the bargaining herself.  Check out Caleb’s response when his daughter came to visit; not hi, honey, how’s married life?  More like, what are you doing back here?  (Her husband was no fool—I can only image what an intimidating father-in-law that old guy must have been!) 

This lady was smart enough to know that a plot of land without water wasn’t going to be particularly useful, except water was at a premium in that country, as it is today, so probably she was asking for no small thing.  Her dad may have seemed a bit harsh, or he may have simply overlooked the situation with the initial wedding gift, but he wasn’t stingy with his daughter. Caleb gave her both the upper and lower springs, which was possibly more than she was even expecting.

When we are given to Jesus as the Bride of Christ, God (as our Abba) gives us gifts also, but some things He is still waiting for us to ask for.  And He is not harsh; in fact, if Acsah was bold, surely our Father is expecting us to “come boldly to the throne of grace” even more so!

Asking does several things in us:

  1. Helps break down pride and self-sufficiency
  2. Causes us to recognize our total dependence on God
  3. Increases intimacy with our Father
  4. Builds our faith
  5. And, oh yeah, meets the need.

Citizen of heaven, assert thyself!

Joshua 15:15-19 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

7 thoughts on “PUSH to enter”

  1. Reblogged this on Call to Witness and commented:
    How often does it happen that we want something from God and we do not ask Him. What is preventing us from telling the Lord the desires of our heart? If we believe that He is good and if we believe that if we ask, we shall receive, why do we not ask?
    One of the reasons I believe is doubt in God’s ability to answer our request. We try to put the Almighty into a little box and assume that He could only do miracles in certain aspects of our lives. By limiting the Lord, we make Him look small in our lives and compell us to try meeting the need for ourselves; which only leads to disaster.
    Another reason we do not ask is pride and impatience. The idea of waiting for the Lord to give us what we want can be frustrating, especially for those who like to be in control all the time. So instead of waiting, we take the initiative ourselves without God involved. At first, it seems that things will happen as we hope, but in the long run, the end result will take an unexpected turn.
    Do you believe that the Lord will provide for you? Then it is time for you to get on your knees and pray for His provision. When you make your petitions, don’t just ask for the things that are common occurrences, but ask for those things that seem least likely to happen. You might be surprised with what the Almighty will do with such an assertive request.

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  2. An excellent story I’d not read in some time and had never applied in such a way. Definitely continuing to work on my assertiveness and learning I can bring my requests to God. For me, it has never been a question of if He could, but more if He WOULD-for me, anyway. But, learning more and more by the day…

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