Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 1, 2015

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

Today’s devotion comes from Joshua chapter 15 which names cities, borders, and other land in the territory in the territory of Judah.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Now he gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh a portion among the sons of Judah, according to the command of the Lord to Joshua, namely, Kiriath-arba, Arba being the father of Anak (that is, Hebron).  Caleb drove out from there the three sons of Anak:  Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak.  Then he went up from there against the inhabitants of Debir;  now the name of Debir formerly was Kiriath-sepher.  And Caleb said, “The one who attacks Kiriath-sepher and captures it, I will give him Achsah my daughter as a wife.”  Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, captured it;  so he gave him Achsah his daughter as a wife.  It came about that when she came to him, she persuaded him to ask her father for a field.  So she alighted from the donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”  Then she said, “Give me a blessing;  since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.”  So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.”  Joshua 15:13-19.

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In the previous chapter and devotion, we meditated on the faith and request of Caleb.

What was the result of such a faith and specific request by Caleb?  

“So Joshua blessed him and gave Hebron to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for an inheritance.”  Verse 13.

In today’s devotion, we will meditate on the two requests of Caleb’s daughter (nothing is said about her faith).

We notice that she was not afraid to ask for good things from her earthly father Caleb.  First, she persuaded her husband to ask her father for a field, and we see that her father gave her more than a field, he gave her the land of Negev.  Second, she directly asked her father for springs of water, and we see that her father gave her more than one springs of water, he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. 

So, let us not forget the theme of yesterday’s devotion which is covered again by today’s Scripture and pounded in by the fact that the father gave more to his daughter than she asked.

“Ask, and it will be given to you;  seek, and you will find;  knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”  Matthew 7:7-11.

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