“Frank Jr” was what I was called as a child because between me and my 3 sisters, I was the one most like my father. From how I walked (I can thank the strong Riley family genes for being pigeon-toed) to my love of cooking, I was a carbon copy of my father. I thought I might outgrow it but the resemblance is even stronger now when I hear myself saying the same things my father says, “You don’t have to believe me. Just Keep on Livin’… You’ll see,” minus the North Carolinian accent. Even as I have tried to change how I walk and talk, I can’t because it is in my DNA.
In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to share a fascinating story of daughters who knew the power of both their natural and spiritual DNA (destiny, needs and authority). The daughters of Zelophehad knew their destiny, let God meet their needs and exercised the right authority. Zelophehad was a descendant of the Old Testament’s Joseph who did not make it to the Promised Land.
Numbers 27:1-7 explains how they petitioned Moses for the right to inherit land. Since their father died without leaving a male heir, they were concerned. Inheritance laws at the time made it nearly impossible for women to own land. Verse 2 shows how the five sisters, Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah, chose to deal with their situation in bold unity. Using an attitude of assurance, not fear or arrogance, verse 4 shows how they appealed to the right authority at the right time and with the right attitude. In addition, they knew what the current laws were but they also knew what they were entitled to.
When Moses took their case to God, he was told by God to give the women their land because what they were asking for was right. The scripture doesn’t say whether the daughters prayed before they went to Moses. However, God’s response shows that he was waiting to meet their needs; all they needed to do was to faithfully ask him.
Like these daughters, we have to learn how to follow our destiny, allow God to meet our needs and obey the authority that he places in our lives. Much like our natural DNA, our spiritual DNA can reproduce others that love God, seek after God and trust God.
We should ask God to show us how learning more about our spiritual DNA will make clearer the destiny God has for our lives, give us the confidence to know that our needs will be met and allow us to recognize and obey the authority that will influence our life. Above all else, we must believe that God will increase our ability to trust Him, our desire to seek God and, most importantly, our capacity to love Him.
Happy Father’s Day!
Shewanda Riley is the author of the Essence best-seller “Love Hangover: Moving From Pain to Purpose after a Relationship ends.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.