“And Gideon said unto God, if thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. Behold I will put a fleece of wool in the floor, and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon the earth beside, then I shall know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.” Judges 6:36-37 (please read verses 36-40)
Why after the Lord spoke to Gideon, he still needed God to confirm his word to him? Is not God’s word enough; and does not God always establish his word? Yes, the word of God says in Psalms 138:2 that God honors his word about his name. But Gideon’s mind was in a bad place. A place of uncertainty, doubt, and fear. He and his brethren have been hiding from their enemies the Midianites and the Amalekites in caves for seven years. And though they have heard stories of how God delivered their fore parents out of Egypt and beyond they have yet to see God’s power manifest on their behalf.
Why did God allow them to be oppressed? Judges 6:1 tells us that they did evil in God’s sight and so he allowed the hands of their enemies to be against them. But what they did not know was that God was always with them, they just could not see beyond what their physical limitations would allow, plus they were too burden down with oppression to even think that God was with them (after all, what kind of loving God would allow his people to be in enslaved?) So, when the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon (Judges 6:12-13) and told him that God was with him and even called him mighty man of valor (great courage), Gideon still had questions (maybe you and I would have gotten so excited with that one visit from an angel of God, but that was not the case for Gideon). And even after he was told that he will save Israel from the hand of the Midianites he still did not see himself the way God saw him. Instead, he highlighted how poor he was and how he was the least in his father’s house (Judges 6:15). And even after the angel gave him a sign upon his request (Judges 6:17-21) he was still in doubt that could have used him in such a mighty way.
In the end Gideon decided to confirm one last time. So, he asked God to manifest himself not once but twice by way of the fleece that he would lay on the floor (Judges 6:36-40). And God did what he asked, and Gideon was satisfied. Finally, he was sure that victory would be theirs. Finally, all his fears were gone, and he could have confidently said God was with him. And the story continues in chapter seven with the three hundred men of Gideon’s army.
My dear friends, if your mind is in a bad place spiritually and mentally it is ok to confirm the word of God. Nothing is wrong in making sure that the words you heard or that great opportunity that presented itself came from God. Whether it is a big issue like what Gideon was up against or it is a small matter. Always take the time to confirm God’s will for you. Someone once told me that anything that you do not have time to seek God about, is not worth doing. Gideon may have gone to the extreme but in the end, it paid off for him.
What big decisions are you faced with today? If you still need time to be sure, take the time out, pray and wait (though it may seem urgent) God will show up on your behalf and he will direct your path. His word tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6, that we should trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not unto our own understanding but in all our ways we should acknowledge him and he shall direct our paths.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Please help me to always seek your face and confirm your will for my life in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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