When you get to a certain age you think about getting your affairs in order, writing a will, keeping passwords for accounts in one place, funeral arrangements, etc. I have seen families destroyed when a will was not observed or even written. Some feelings are hurt because a parent left more money to one child and not the other, someone was written completely out of a will, and a myriad of other situations that cause hurt. It can be ugly. Fortunately, our world has many ways to help people navigate these issues, yet sometimes it still causes heartache.

In Numbers 27, the daughters of Zelophehad came forward to Moses. “Our father died in the desert. He was not part of the community who gathered against the LORD with Korah’s community. He died for his own sin, but he had no sons. Why should our father’s name be taken away from his clan because he did not have a son? Give us property among our father’s brothers.”

Moses went to the Lord and was instructed to give the daughters the property as an inheritance among their father’s brothers. Then the passage continues to make clear the succession of who receives what when there are sons, daughters, no sons, brothers, etc. The daughters had to fight for what was rightfully theirs.

These women had a strong faith in God, and they approached Moses for help. They wanted to show respect for their father and claim their place as their father’s daughters. God himself gives judgment. He takes notice of the affairs, not only of nations, but of families, and orders them according to his will.

Those who seek an inheritance in the land of promise shall have what they seek for, and other things shall be added to them.

May we all seek our place in the land as the children of God.