How to turn disadvantage to advantage

Here is an insight on what you can do when you find yourself in a disadvantaged position for reasons not of your own making or out of your control, and how you can turn a disadvantage to an advantage. Lesson From the Daughters of Zelophehad.

Then came the daughters of Zelophehad the son of Hepher…And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying: “Our father died in the wilderness; but he was not in the company of those who gathered together against the Lord, in company with Korah, but he died in his own sin; and he had no sons. Why should the name of our father be removed from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”  So Moses brought their case before the Lord. – Numbers 27:1-5

There are three lessons for our meditation from this passage: firstly, there is the forthrightness of the daughters of Zelophehad whom, finding themselves disadvantaged by the traditions of their patriarchal society, did not accept the disadvantage as a fact and bemoan their lot in silence.

By virtue of the traditions, inheritance was supposed to be shared among the male children in the family. But in the case of Zelophehad, he had no male child to whom all his belongings would go. He only had five daughters who were not eligible to inherit their father’s heirloom.

However, rather than resort to murmuring and castigating God and men for their chauvinism, Zelophehad’s daughters stepped out and made a dispassionate case as to why they should be given their father’s property. This proved to be a remarkable landmark in Israel as it signalled a new era in allotting inheritance.

There are certain blessings that can only be released to you after you set out of your comfort zone, challenge the status quo and demand for it.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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