I had one of those days today where I was second-guessing everything I said. Was that rude? Why do I keep gossiping? Did that joke make sense earlier?
Being an insecure (and self-centered) person has easily been one of the biggest distractions in my life. Over the years, studying the Bible has been my salve for this. When God lives inside you and you obey his voice, you are set apart. He uses your weaknesses and turns them into strengths.
I admire Acsah in these verses:
“From there he went to fight against the people living in the town of Debir (formerly called Kiriath-sepher). Caleb said, ‘I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the one who attacks and captures Kiriath-sepher.’ Othniel, the son of Caleb’s brother Kenaz, was the one who conquered it, so Acsah became Othniel’s wife. When Acsah married Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. As she got down off her donkey, Caleb asked her, ‘What’s the matter?’ She said, ‘Give me another gift. You have already given me land in the Negev; now please give me springs of water, too.’ So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs.”
There’s no way it was socially acceptable for a woman to ask for a something like that. Right? I don’t know, it was her dad, maybe it was fine. I just admired her pluck.
I know quiet people who wish they could speak up, and assertive people who are learning to pipe down. Ultimately, we are all learning to become more Christ-like. To know when it’s okay to ask, and when it’s not.
What’s an aspect of your personality you have seen Christ shape to become more like him? What’s something about you that is unconventional? When have you seen God use it?
I enjoyed Bethany’s insight on how David tied up the loose ends from these chapters later on.