I recently read this quote: “God’s movement always makes changes. Sometimes, the change is just in us. Sometimes it affects everyone and everything” (A. Shaw, A Life on Purpose).
Change. For many of us, it is a word we dislike at best, despise at worst. It means leaving our comfort zones and exercising our faith muscles in ways that sometimes hurt. But wouldn’t we all agree that we long to see God moving in our lives and circumstances? Yet, when God moves, change is a-coming.
Sometimes that change is only felt by us. God is moving in our own lives, molding and shaping us into the image of His Son in ways that others may not see or understand. As the Potter, He is pressing and pushing, cutting away the unnecessary and excessive, designing us into the vessel He wants for His use. All of that can leave us feeling unsettled and uncomfortable for awhile, but the end result is beautiful and fulfilling.
But sometimes, that change ripples out and affects everyone and everything around us. The change might have been initiated by us or in us, but now God is using it to further His agenda in ways that we never imagined. So was the case with Zelophehad’s daughters in the book of Numbers. Left fatherless by no fault of their own, these five young women approached Moses and asked for an allotment of the Promised Land to carry on their father’s name. No big deal, right?
But God had a greater plan in mind. Not only did He want to provide for Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, but He wanted to effect a greater change for the benefit of generations to come. In agreeing to provide land for Zelophehad’s daughters, God added a clarification to His law that affected all Israelites thereafter (Numbers 36:5-9). These women were not activists on a mission…they were simply trusting God to provide for them. But when God moves, changes come. Isn’t it beautiful to watch Him move?
My hope is that when God chooses to move in my life, my response to the impending change will be that of Zelophehad’s daughters:
“So Zelophehad’s daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses.”