July 12, 2018

Joshua 17:3–6 (NLT) — 3 However, Zelophehad, a descendant of Hepher son of Gilead, son of Makir, son of Manasseh, had no sons. He had only daughters, whose 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 a grant of land along with the men of our tribe.” So Joshua gave them a grant of land along with their uncles, as the Lord had commanded. 5 As a result, Manasseh’s total allocation 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 a grant of land along with the male descendants. (The land of Gilead was given to the rest of the male descendants of Manasseh.)

It was decided back in Numbers 27 & 36 that even though Zelophehad didn’t have any sons to pass on an inheritance to, and after consulting with the Lord, the daughters would be able to inherit the land. Well this was  number of years ago since that decision was made and as yet the girls had not received the land. So they came again to Joshua and requested that they be given what was promised to them by the Lord.

I like the girls tenacity. They were not going to give up on what was promised them. I believe most people give up to soon in claiming what was promised to them by God when they don’t see it happen in the time frame that they would like. Our Bible says that all the promises of  God are yes and amen in Jesus. A time frame is not attached to the promises. Our faith in God is shown by our tenacity to keep coming and asking and reminding God of what he has promised us. By their asking these girls showed that they had not run out of faith in God. Their words were, “The Lord commanded Moses to give us a grand of land.”

Have you ever gone into a shop or a government office and no one is at the front counter or desk but there is a sign that says, “Please ring the bell for assistance.” Did you hesitate to ring it because you didn’t want to disturb the person or call attention to yourself or come across as being impatient or whatever? Why do we do that? The bell was put there because they want to assist us and all we have to do is ring it.

The daughters of Zelophehad didn’t hesitate to ring the bell. They wanted service. Are you hesitant in your prayers to claim the promises of God? Why? Do you grow weary of reminding God of his promises? Why? God promised to open up the windows of heavens and pour out his blessing on tithers.(Malachi 3:10-12). Are you a tither? Have the windows been open for you? No? Keep ringing the bell. God promised healing.(1Peter 2:24). Are you sick? Keep ringing the bell. Are you weary? Has life got you down? Are you ready to give up? God promised rest for our souls.(Matthew 11:28-30).

God has given us a bell to ring, it is called prayer and we should not be hesitant about it. He wants to assist or he would have put the bell there.

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) — 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Matthew 7:7–8 (NLT) — 7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 18:1–8 (NLT) — 1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’ ” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”

In the last sentence of the above verses Jesus asks if he will find those who have faith; in other words will he find bell ringers that won’t give up.

Matthew 6:6 (NLT) — 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

We won’t see much of God’s promise or His power until we begin to walk in by faith. Keep ringing the bell.

Be Inspired Hilltop!