Ok, if you have teenagers you will recognize the following scenario.
It goes something like this. Suddenly, this child of yours becomes extremely attentive and kind to you. Maybe they start by asking if they can get you anything or inquiring about how your day was and even acting extremely interested when you respond! Suddenly the lightbulb goes off in your brain as your recognize familiar territory. The ruse is up and the stage has been set....”I get it....they want something!” you think to yourself.
Currently our ladies Bible study is studying the book of Joshua.
In the portion we are covering this week, Joshua, the fearless leader whom God appointed and equipped to lead the children of Israel into the promised land, has conquered most Canaanite territory and is now in the process of dividing up the land according to various tribes’ inheritances.
The tribe of Judah is up to receive their portion and Joshua’s well known faith-full friend, Caleb is in that tribe. He steps up, reminds Joshua of Moses’ promise to him and ends with a request.
“You know the word which the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning you and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart. Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the LORD my God. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God.’ And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.” Joshua 15:6-12
I think seeing the 85 year old Caleb ask for a mountain to conquer must have made Joshua smile. He of course, grants him his request.
In the next passage, we see Caleb offering a reward (his daughter as a wife) to the man who would help him attack the territory. Othniel steps up, takes the land and the hand of Caleb’s daughter, Achsah and the two are married.
What comes next is my favorite part though...
Achsah has her Dad’s spirit.
After she is married, she persuades her husband to ask her Father, Caleb for a field.
Then, she makes her own request.
“Now it was so, when she came to him, that she persuaded him to ask her father for a field. So she dismounted from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered, “Give me a blessing; since you have given me land in the South, give me also springs of water.” So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. Joshua 15:18-19
I like her approach.
I would rather my kids just ask me for what they need rather then to put on pretense.
Our relationship is established. I love them immeasurably! They hold the most tender of places in my heart and they don’t have to do anything to win my affection or favor.
If they have a need and I can help them, I will and I think they know that.
This all reminds me of Jesus‘ words in Matthew 6:8
“...your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.”
Sometimes when I talk with God, I speak alot about the things that I have done wrong that day, or what I perceive is in error in my heart. It seems I just want things to be right with Him before I proceed to ask Him for anything. While repentance is good an attitude change of the heart is more important than many words,
Lately though in such moments, I have sensed the Lord speaking gently to my heart...”what do you want to ask Me.”
Ugh...Am I like the teenager? Am I trying to butter up God?
Thankfully, God is already well-pleased with me..and you, His child. And not because of what we have done..but because of what Jesus has accomplished. And WHO He is..The Father’s Own Beloved Son.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice I am in right standing with God
As I make my requests in Jesus’ name, the Father is attentive.
What’s even more amazing is that I am encouraged to ask..
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13, 14
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” John 16:23
What is it that you need today greatly loved of God? With a humble, surrendered heart, and childlike faith......run to Your Father arms and just ask.
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24
*Today (Tuesday, April 10th) I will be having a follow up brain MRI and PET scans of my whole body. Please pray about those procedures. May HE be greatly glorified in me...and you!