The promise

flowers-209144_640Joshua 17:4: They approached Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the leaders and said, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance along with our brothers.” So according to the mouth of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father. (ESV)

The daughters of Zelophehad, five of them not only remembered the word of the Lord but demanded that it materializes.

Because it was the word of God to them that everyone was aware of, there was no argument when the time came from the leader Joshua.

The women did not come with their own opinion, not with their own agenda, but they presented the word of God and they had it delivered. They did not try to take what they wanted by force, they did not try to convince anyone, they did not seek for favour, as far as they were concerned because God said it; that settled it.

What they experienced was the glory of God, the manifestation of the word of God to them, to meet them at the point of their need. Jesus told Martha: if you will believe, you will see the glory of God (John 11:40).

Who she was supposed to believe was standing before her, that is Jesus the resurrection and the life. The daughters of Zelophehad believed the word of God, when it comes to their possession and they got it.

They were fixated on obtaining the promise and according to the word of God that takes faith and patience. They were willing to wait it out, allowing the fullness of time to come for them to take possession of the promised.

The bible says that on mount Zion there shall be deliverance and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession (Obadiah 1:17). Possessing your possession (getting what God as appointed for you) is part of the expression of the glory of God in our lives. The bible says that the earth will be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea and that includes possessing our possession (Habakkuk 2:14). As it is written: the lines are fallen unto us in pleasant places; ye I have a godly heritage (Psalm 16:6).

But before the daughters of Zelophehad could get what was theirs, they asked. God said we should come with our strong reasoning (Isaiah 41:21). God did not make us unending. He made us with desires. Jesus said: when we pray we should believe we receive as we ask whatever we desire (Mark 11:22-24).

God is not a killjoy, he is the one described in the bible as giving you everything freely to enjoy (1Timothy 6:17). Jesus asked some people: what do you want me to do for you (Matthew 20:32-34)?

God wants to have a conversation with you about what you need, what you want. Moses asked different things from God. He asked that God will forgive the children of Israel when they sinned (Deuteronomy 10:10); he asked for the presence of God to be with the people as they moved through the wilderness. He said: if your presence will not go with us, do not take us from here (Numbers 33:15). That was a man who knew what he wanted and demanded for it.

There was the widow in the parable of Jesus who continued to make demand of the judge, until he yielded (Luke 18:1-8). Jesus expected the same importunity in prayer from us, saying, when the Son of man comes will he find faith on the earth? That faith is associated with fervent prayer; unrelenting prayer in the pursuit of the fulfilment of a desire from God, to get what is rightfully ours. A promise that is made must be enforced and that is done through prayer.

God is committed to his promise. His promise is backed by with his power. He said no word he releases returns to him void (Isaiah 55:11). God has said that the earth will be filled his glory (Habakkuk 2:14). God sent his word to you and that becomes healing in our lives (Psalm 107:20). He said that he will heal us and give us an abundance of peace (Jeremiah 33:6).

When the word of God goes forth, his power goes forth. So his promises are not empty notions. The word of God was the tool in the creation of the world (Genesis 1:1-3). The bible says that by faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebrews 11:3).

The word of God releases light. The bible says that the reasons we have such great promises is so that we might become partakers of the divine nature (2Peter 1:4). Therefore the promises have creative power, to create us in the shape that we should be in.

Jesus promised to make Peter a fisher of men, and the word was packed with enough power to create the reality that it presents (Mark 1:17). That was exactly what happened after some time.

The word is a window into the thoughts of God, into the plan of God, it is the channel to becoming all we can be in God; it is the light that empowers us to walk in the glory of God. That is why with the precious promises we are connected with the purpose and power of God, we are guided aright, and when we take the right action according to that word, we will get the result for the glory of God.

The word of God shapes us rightly, it gives us a sense of direction, and the bible says that without vision the people will perish, the word of God gives us direction, gives us the reason for living. It is the window to who we are to who God is, to who we should become, to the very presence of God. The bible says that the truth is meant to guide us to the very presence of God (Psalm 43:3). We would not know God except in the context of his word.

The word of God helps us to maintain our balance in a changing world, when we set our eyes on it. The bible says that the book of the law shall not depart from our mouth but we should meditate on it day and night, and the result in unquestionable success and effectiveness. That was God’s word to Joshua as he was about to embark on a new season in his life (Joshua 1:8).


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