And [Achsah] got off her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Give
me a blessing. Since you have given me the land of the Negeb, give me also springs of water.” And he
gave her the upper springs and the lower springs. (Joshua 15:18-19)
Caleb gave Achsah land in the South that needed irrigation to be productive. She boldly asked him for springs of water, thanking him for what he had already given her. The Lord likewise pours out His blessings upon us. “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32). He has given each one of us gifts and opportunities to serve Him. But without His grace, without the living water of His Spirit, our fields of opportunity will stay barren like the land in the South.
“What do you want?” Caleb asked when Achsah came to him. In 1 Kings 3:5 the invitation of the Lord Himself to Solomon was, “Ask what I shall give you.” In Elijah’s last conversation with Elisha he said, “Ask what I shall do for you.” (2 Kin. 2:9). Caleb wasn’t annoyed that his daughter came back to him with an additional request. He loved her, and wanted to help her in any way that he could. Our heavenly Father also desires to bless us! He loves it when we come to Him with our requests, and will graciously provide us with everything we need to be fruitful and productive for Him. He says to us, “What do you want? Ask what I shall give you; ask what I shall do for you.”
Like Achsah, let us boldly approach the throne of grace, asking for the Lord’s blessing in each area of our lives! The Lord has given us so much, but we needn’t be ashamed to ask for still more. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Lk. 11:9). Lord, give me a blessing; thank You for everything You have given me, but give me also springs of water. Supply my soul with living streams so that the fruit of Your Spirit may flourish within me:
● Lord, thank you for my spouse: give us love and joy in our marriage.
● Lord, thank you for my children: give us peace and patience in our home.
● Lord, thank you for my friends: give me kindness and goodness in my relationships.
● Lord, thank you for my job or ministry: give me faithfulness and meekness to do all for Your glory.
● Lord, thank you for Your Word: give me self-control to ignore the distractions and sinful
temptations around me so that I may enjoy fellowship with You.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness [meekness], self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)