give me a blessing

Today's devotion from Joshua 15.

Today's reading continues through the catalog of land grants in Joshua 15. The purpose is two-fold. First, it provides confirmation of that which has already been stated. Secondly, it provides explanation for the distribution of tribes throughout the land. However, as with all of life, there is a tell to be told in the living.

In particular, we visit again the audacious faith of Caleb. A man who desired what God had promised, and had the faith to act on that promise even though many years had passed. In this chapter, we read of a promise that he makes: his daughter's hand in marriage to whoever can take Kiriath-sepher.

As it happens, Othniel, Caleb's nephew was up to the task. Afterward, Achsah, Caleb's daughter, boldly came before her father to ask for a blessing, "Give me a blessing. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me the springs also." (Joshua 15:19, CSB) How does Caleb respond? He gave her the upper and lower springs.

What's the point? I believe the blessing that Caleb really gave his daughter was the testimony of his faith. She followed his example, and received the blessing of waters that she requested. However, this is not the only time we see you Achsah and Othniel. They reappear in Judges 1 where this story is retold. Othniel is also named as one of the first judges of Israel that God raised up to protect the people.

In saying that, I don't believe it's a coincidence. I think these young people were profoundly impacted by the faithful testimony of Caleb. I think his influenced shaped them for the rest of their lives. Yet, while I cannot guarantee that my children will follow in my footsteps or the path of God, I can give them the blessing of living out an authentic and audacious faith in the hopes that my testimony will be the ultimate gift to them and their future spouses and children.