(1) There are benefits you won't receive unless you ask for them. Plus, "asking and receiving" works wonders for your self-esteem. Imagine the joy these five daughters felt when their petition was granted. Obviously they were emotionally secure or they wouldn't have tried it. So as a redeemed child of God, declare, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). (2) Timing is important. " A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished." (Proverbs 27:12). The daughters of Zelophehad spoke up while they were still in the wilderness; the Promised Land hadn't yet been conquered. There's nothing like good planning. You can't just sit around and assume others are thinking about your welfare. For example, after the raises are announced is not the time to petition your boss for an increase. Zelophehad's daughters made life better for every other woman in Israel. So by speaking up and confronting the situation not only will you be blessed, others will too. (3) Strive for a win-win situation. The battle was not yet over. The daughters of Zelophehad had uncles who appealed the new ruling, pointing out that if these women married men outside their tribe then their land holdings would go to other tribes. So God made another ruling; to possess land you must only marry within your own tribe (Numbers 36:5-11). And when it comes to marriage, spiritually speaking that principle still applies. ". . . , she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 7:39). The same for men.
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty." (1 Corinthians 1:27)
It is simply breathtaking to contemplate the remarkable grace of God! Amazingly, He chose men of all trades, men of low stature, men from all walks of life—He chose you! He desired those dead in their sins to be resurrected and re-created to declare His infinite glory! What a privilege! What an incredible honor to preach the good news to a dark world! May we rejoice greatly and give praise to His glorious name!
Week #29 schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 13-15
Monday: (History) 2 Kings 6-10
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 81-83
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 10
Thursday: (Prophecy) Ezekiel 25-30
Friday: (Gospels) Luke 19-20
Saturday: (Letters) Colossians 1-2