When Our Faith Finds Feet
Day: 17 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today’s Reading: Joshua 17
Joshua 17:4 (NIV) "They went to Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders and said, 'The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our relatives.' So Joshua gave them an inheritance along with the brothers of their father, according to the LORD’s command.”
I’ll be the first to admit it. There are portions of Scripture that can make a girl’s eyes glaze over a bit as she tries to read them. Today’s passage is no exception as we find ourselves knee-deep in the dividing up of land. It’s temping to skim through the pages as quickly as possible. But our God is a God of purpose. And tucked into this passage on land allotment is beautiful truth I believe He wants us to grab hold of.
At the opening of Joshua 17, a large portion of land to the west of the Jordan is being divided up among the sons of the tribe of Manasseh. But Joshua 17:3 soon reveals it’s not just sons who have shown up to receive their lot.
There among the men are five women. Daughters of a man by the name of Zelophehad, who had no sons. I feel sure more than a few of the eyes watching these women walk up to Joshua were wide with shock.
This was more than a little unusual. It was completely unbelievable. It was downright unheard of. Women? Receiving an inheritance of land? Land traditionally went to sons, not daughters.
And yet, these daughters boldly approach Joshua, Eleazar the priest and the Israelite leaders requesting what they claim is rightfully theirs. And the land is theirs. A truth we discover when we turn back a few pages to the book of Numbers.
We first meet these women in Numbers 27 discussing this same issue of land. Realizing they will be overlooked when the Israelites take possession of the land as it’s divided out, they go to Moses and Eleazar and ask for a portion of inheritance among their father’s brothers. They humbly but boldly state that it isn’t right for their family to be punished simply because their father had no sons. Moses takes their request before the Lord and is given God’s promise that these women will indeed receive an allotment.
So when we see these women in our passage today, standing before Joshua, they have a promise to stand on. They know what is theirs and they have moved forward in faith to receive it.
What courage. What faith. And what wisdom it would take for us to stop and look at what propelled these women forward — allowing them to grab hold of all God had planned for them and all that was rightfully theirs as His beloved children.
1 – They knew who God was.
I believe the reason they first even dared to approach Moses in Numbers was because they knew God was a promise-keeping, covenant-fulfilling God who wouldn’t leave His daughters forsaken. They trusted that His love and provision would transcend man’s boundary lines.
Where society would label them undeserving and unfit for receiving an inheritance, God simply labeled them His. And because they were His, they could ask for all that they needed.
We can do the same. All because of who He is. All because we are His.
2 – They took God at His word.
We see this truth in the first two words of our key verse today.
“They went …”
They went. These precious women didn’t sit around and fret. They didn’t wring their hands wondering what they should do. They went to Joshua. They moved forward in faith with God’s promise tucked securely in their hearts.
I love the way God’s promises can give feet to our faith! How they move us forward when the world tells us to sit still. How they propel us to trust Him when we know we might look crazy. How they give us courage to act when God asks us to do the unprecedented in His name.
If we want to be people who continually move forward in faith … if we want to walk in all of the goodness God has planned for us … we must know who our God is and what He has promised us. And if I could reach through these pixelated words and give you a hug right now, I would.
Because the very fact that you are here means you want to see Him. You want to know Him. You want to learn to walk in His ways.
Keep showing up in His Word, sweet friend. Keep believing that His promises are for you and not just other people. And keep tucking those promises deep in your heart.
Our God is good. Our God is good at being God. And with Him by our side, we can keep moving forward in faith. We can walk in the fullness of all He says is ours.
Prayer: Father God, I cannot thank You enough for who You are. Your love knows no end. Your mercies endure forever. And every promise from You is sure and true. May these truths both steady me and stir me today. Calming every doubt and fear within me. Compelling me to move forward with courage and faith. I want to walk in all You have planned for me. I want to live this life with faith that has feet. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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