Achsah – The Visionary

We have been socialized to be grateful for what we have and requesting for more is seen to be covetous.

So what happens when you ARE grateful for what you have BUT it’s just not sufficient for where you’re going – for what you need to accomplish?

There’s a perfect example from Achsah the Daughter of Caleb. In the book of Joshua the story is narrated of how she was promised as a gift (her hand in marriage) to one who will conquer for her father Kiriath-Sepher. One Othniel accomplishes the task, and as promised Achsah is offered to him as a wife.[1]

 

Now Achsah after persuading her husband, asked her father for springs of water, her father indeed gave her the land. Achsah had foresight, she was asking in wisdom so they could live of the land – she knew that they needed the springs of water to sustain their livelihood. It seems her husband was reluctant, hence she had to “Persuade” him. Sometimes your vision is as clear as daylight only to you, the urgency of it is weighing heavily just on you, many are times you have to take it up to yourself to do something about it.

 

The bible says Achsah got down from her donkey, she stepped down reverently and approached her father. Very important when you have this kind of request, you must know WHERE/TO WHOM to take it and HOW. I could almost say she may have not been as confident if not for the relationship (father-daughter) they have…
Know where to take your request.

 

The faithful father, asks as a Father would… What is your request? Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Aah! Your father is ready to hear your desire. He is willing and able to supply all your needs. Ask for it, God will honour your request. God’s way of giving is through our asking.

 

Give me a blessing”. What a wonderful petition; what father would not love to give a blessing to his children. A father’s blessing is an inheritance to a loving child. “Give me a blessing”, this is the petition Jacob made as he struggled with an angel in Peniel; he said I will not let you go until you bless me. Achsah refuses to leave her father side without his blessing, even if she goes alone, even if it offends bystanders that view this some kinda way. The vision is heavy on her, she foresees a situation that will be challenging without this blessing.

 

“Give me a blessing: Thou hast given me a south land; give me also…” Acknowledge what you have with gratitude. The bible speaks of bringing your petition with thanksgiving in your heart[2]. This is exactly what she does. She says Thank You for the southland, I am grateful for this gift.

 

“Thou hast given me a south land, but it is dry; give me also springs of water to make it of real value to me.” To show how grateful I am, I am already thinking forward on how we are going to make the most of it. She is asking distinctively, particularly, specifically; because she is a visionary. She clearly sees the value that the land (gift) will bring forth, she has a plan and is purposed for this.

 

Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. Observe, her father gave her what she asked. She asked for springs, and he gave her springs. “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent[3]. God gives us what we ask for when it is wise to do so. He gave her in good pleasure. She asked for springs of water, and he gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. The Lord “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask, or think.”[4]

 

The vision is for an appointed time My Lady, make sure that you do not leave the father’s presence without gathering all you need to see it come to fruition. Achsah has displayed how and to whom you make your petition. You will come back with your cup overflowing as our father in heaven gives in good measure, pressed down, shaken together.

 

[1] Joshua 15: 15-19

[2] Philippians 4: 6

[3] Matthew 7:9

[4] Ephesians 3:20

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