A girl worth fighting for- Achsah
Have you ever watched the children’s Cartoon “ Mulan”. It is about a brave Japanese maiden who disguises herself as a man, and goes to war in her on her father’s behalf so as to safeguard his honour. As the soldiers tramp along they sing about the kind of girl who is worth fighting for:paler than the moon and stars in her eyes; one who would marvel at a soldier’s scars or one who has great culinary skills. All these qualities for a girl worth fighting for are good, but there is more to a girl than that. A good biblical example of a girl worth fighting for is Achsah, daughter of Caleb. We are not told about her looks or her cooking skills or anything apart from that she was Caleb’s daughter. However if there ever was a girl worth fighting for, it is is Achsah. Why do would she considered her a girl worth fighting for?
Acsah was “a girl worth fighting for” because she was loved and highly valued by her father. When the time came to marry her off, her father Caleb, refused to give her to any ordinary Jack, but dared his men that they win her by destroying a city of giants, Anak. The man who married her, Othniel, proved himself worthy of her hand by meeting the challenge and conquering the highly fortified city of Debir.Later he became the first judge of the promised land. The same way that Caleb loved and valued his daughter, we are valued by our Father God so much so that he sent his son on the cross to die for us. Christ defeated the giants of sin , death and the grave gave us lasting victory and fullness of life . In addition to redemption our Father has availed great promises that ought to remind us that we are worth fighting for.”How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ( 1 John 3: 1)
Achsah was “ a girl worth fighting for” for she models to us the acts of love and submission. She did not try to usurp the role of her husband as many would have done in her case. She loved and submitted to her husband’s authority to the extent that when they needed some land to live on, Achsah did not go directly to her father to ask for it but prodded her husband to do it. Othniel, approached Caleb for land and it was given to him. The way Achsah submitted to her husband points us to how as individuals and as the church we ought to submit to the headship Christ. We must obey the scriptures that command us to ask everything in his name and not in the name of some other mediator, be it an angel or saint as some people do. Asking through the name of Christ is an act of submission which brings God’s favour in your life as we are taught :”Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” (1 Pet 5:6)
Acsah is ‘a girl worth fighting for’ because she was confident in her father’s love for her. She knew that she could bring her needs before him and that he would meet them.For example, after her father had given her land which had no water, she approached him confidently and reverently and asked him to give her water springs also. Her father Caleb heard her plea and gave her both upper and lower springs. God has great and insurmountable blessings in store for us if we would only humbly ask. When we find ourselves in a difficult spot we should not complain but make our requests known to Him with faith and full assurance knowing that: ”whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you Have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24).
We live in a fallen world and our personal lives seem far from perfect because of our sin and failure. We pray and our prayers seem unanswered as if God does not care. We even wonder if God is really on our side or if “we are worth fighting for”. The Bible assures that every believer is worth fighting for? Why? Because of Jesus Christ. Paul puts its more aptly than I can about your worthiness before God:”What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything?” (Romans 8:31-32)
Yes He will also give us everything because we are worth fighting for.