Hey y’all…. question: Have you ever heard of those sites that offer info on unclaimed money or property? You know, those sites where you put in your name and maybe a state that you’ve lived in and they tell you whether or not that state or a company within that state owes you something. If you are owed money, there are steps to take in order to claim it. Sounds fairly simple, right? I mean, all you gotta do is type in your name and if they owe you, you claim what’s yours. The only thing about this process, is that you don’t really know if your name is going to come up. There is no way to tell if something is due you until you provide the requested information in order to find out, but there is no guarantee.
Mmmkay… well, growing up in church, did you ever hear that we had to “go to the enemy’s camp and take back” what was stolen? I did. In fact, everyone seemed pretty adamant about this “fail proof” scenario. There was even a song that we used to sing, “I went to the enemy’s camp, and I took back what he stole from me….” (did y’all sing that too? No? Okie dokey). It almost seemed to be a requirement to get the stuff that was mine. He stole it so I go steal it back…..
Well today, as I was reading through the book of Joshua, I read about the daughters of Zelophehad. What was so significant about his daughters? Well, glad you’re wondering. Ya see, back in the Old Testament days, the sons were typically the ones to receive their father’s inheritance. So then, when the father passed away, the sons, especially the oldest, of that man received all that belonged to and/or was due their father. Mmmkay, Zelophehad didn’t have any sons, nope, just 5 bright eyed baby girls (Joshua 17:3). Now, these young ladies could have just gone along with tradition and counted it as a loss because there were no boys in their sibling hood. They could have pouted because, technically, they wouldn’t have been left with anything, but they didn’t. Instead, they went for what they knew was theirs. “And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the Lord he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.” (Joshua 17:4). See what they did there? They claimed what was theirs. They didn’t go and snatch up anything (although, sometimes that may be necessary) and they didn’t throw a tantrum, but they went and made it known that their name was on that land.
Another thing I noticed about the daughters of Zelophehad was that they knew what was due them. They knew the history of what was promised them, they knew the inheritance was theirs. What does this mean? It means that we ought to know what belongs to us. When you place an order on amazon and it comes in the mail, you know exactly what is to be in that box. The same with your inheritance, with your promises, you gotta know what God promised you. You must know what is coming to you so that when it arrives, there is no doubt that it belongs to you. Remember that God’s word must come to pass! “So shall my word be that goeth forth out to of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11). So, as they say, “you gotta know yo stuff!”
If the Lord promised you peace in your home…. go claim your peace! If He told you to hold on as He promotes you on your job…. go claim that promotion! If God promised you joy, that joy is yours! Go claim it!!! I dare you to be bold enough, this week and beyond, to go to that “unclaimed” area in God and get what’s yours. Because, well, your stuff may not be on back order (delayed), it may not have been “stolen”, but it may just be sitting… waiting… unclaimed!
GO GET IT!!!
Okay…. Marvelous Monday…. love y’all!