Joshua 15:13-19 – When I Hear the Word Daddy with 4 A’s In it, I Know I Am Sunk…

Posted: July 4, 2017 in Book fo Joshua
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Joshua 15:13-19

The Land Given to Caleb

That is when I know I am sunk. When one of my daughters puts like four a’s in the word, daddy. You know, daaaady! I reach for my wallet because I know a money request is coming. My daughters and step-daughter are all grown up now, but they can still use their daughter charms on their daddy to get their way. Back in the day though when they were little and they could still sit easily in their daddy’s lap, they would come up, hop in my lap, put an arm around my neck and then bat those little girl eyelashes at me and make their request whatever it might me. How can you refuse a daughter so cute and precious? Little girls come into this world knowing how to work their daddies!

 

Even though they are grown now, there is always a special relationship between a father and a daughter that transcends time and chronological age. To even grown girls (unless they lived in an abusive home growing up), they think of their dads as ten feet tall and bullet proof. To daughters, dads are full of wisdom. To daughters, dads are their protector from everything bad in the world. To daughters, their fathers are the example of what they subconsciously measure every man by in comparison. To dads, daughters are the most precious gift of all. They are wonderful little mysteries to us. They are unlike having a boy to a dad. Dads know everything about a boy because we once one ourselves. But daughters are this amazing mystery of laughter, unbridled joy, and of tea parties, and dolls, and pink and thinking that Dad is the most amazing man in the world. To dads, their daughters are examples of just what is right and perfect about the world. How they love flowers and to smell them and to give them to you as if they have brought you this amazing thing. To dads, our daughters seemingly without cultural influence are the nurturers. You seem them being mommy to their dolls and when they jump in your lap after you have had a hard day and they just hug you. There is nothing better than being a dad to daughters.

 

There is nothing that I would not do for my daughters. Sometimes, though, like currently, with my youngest daughter, she is making foolish choices in her life and seems to now blame me for all the problems of her life and she has completely shut me out of her life. I have seen and spoken to her only over a 3 day period back in February. That’s the only contact with her over the past year. What I have done; I do not know. I know that over a year ago I told her that I could not give her money for another one of her all of a sudden emergencies and that is part of this. However, the complete shutdown of our relationship has come as surprise to me and it certainly hurts me down deep. I am only going to be on this earth for 20-30 more years and why is she wasting valuable time over some perception that she has created in her mind. If she just knew how much I love her and just want her to grow up and reach her God-given potential! Why has she created this ocean between us. I just don’t get it.

 

All of these things remind me that no matter the state of the relationship between a father and his daughters, they know that their dad will be there for them when the chips are down and when they need that feeling of protection. Dads love their daughters no matter what. Theirs is a special and unique relationship that I have been privileged to have been granted by God. I am now venturing into the granddaddy-granddaughter world. There will come a time when Ralyn has learned the ropes and will have learned the tricks of the female world and will look at her Papa in a certain way and she will say Papa with four a’s in it…Paaaapa! I will be like ooooooohkaaaay, Ralyn! What do ya want!

 

I thought of how daughters can usually get what they want from their daddies simply by being bold enough to ask. Dads will draw the line at some point because we want them to grow up to be responsible young women, but if we know that giving them what they want is not going to hurt them, we will give it to our daughters. All they have to do is ask. That unique relationship between a dad and his daughters is what I thought when I read this passage, Joshua 15:13-19, that seems to be almost inserted into the narrative about the division of land. It is about land of course but it is a highly personal story about a father and his daughter. Lets read it now:

 

13 In accordance with the Lord’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah—Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.) 14 From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites—Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the sons of Anak. 15 From there he marched against the people living in Debir (formerly called Kiriath Sepher). 16 And Caleb said, “I will give my daughter Aksah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher.” 17 Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Aksah to him in marriage.

 

18 One day when she came to Othniel, she urged him[a] to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, “What can I do for you?”

 

19 She replied, “Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.

 

In the desert, water springs are very important and strategic. Whoever who controls the water control the area. Without water, nothing grows. Without water, all living things die. A spring is a place where water comes to the surface of the desert. Normally water is absorbed into a porous soil and then sinks until it encounter a non-porous rock such as igneous rock. There it remains until it finds an outlet where it flows to the surface. However, depending on the source of these springs, it may dry out in summer or very hot seasons. These are the upper springs. Some water collects in large underground chambers. So of it is under pressure and is what we called the artesian wells. They never dry up. These are the lower or nether springs. So Caleb was very generous when he gave to his daughter, Acsah, both the upper and lower springs.  In modern day Israel, the desert is a major agricultural area because of water from these springs.

 

What is my takeaway from this passage this morning? What if Aksah had not asked for what she needed? The Negev was an arid land and it needed water. What if his daughter had not been confident enough in her father’s love to ask him for what she needed as a long-term solution to a long-term problem? She loved her father and knew that her father loved her. She was bold enough to ask him for something that she needed desperately. It was not that she was asking for something impetuous, selfish, or that would hurt her or others. She was boldly asking for something that was a sustainer of life, a real need.

 

How often are sitting in our own personal arid country and have not asked our Father in heaven for what we need. Do you not believe that your Father in heaven wants what is best for you? We do not have because we do not ask. We do not pray. Prayer is talking to God. Sometimes I feel that God is waiting for us patiently to ask Him. He has what we need and He knows what we need. Sometimes I think He is just waiting for us to ask Him. Like Caleb and his daughter. He gives her the land without the water. He is willing and waiting to give. He waited for her to ask. Often, we are too busy to pray. Too busy to ask.

 

If you think an earthly father loves his daughters, think how much more our Father in heaven loves us. Have you ever thought that maybe it comes down to how big you think God is and how much he loves you? Are those the reasons that you do not ask. Let me assure you, God is big enough and He loves you more than you can even understand. He doesn’t care so much about temporary things but if your request is consistent with the character of God and what He wants for us – why have you not asked our great and mighty Father in heaven for what you need? He knows of your needs. He is just waiting for you to be confident enough in how big He is and how much He loves you for you to ask.

 

Amen and Amen.

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