TEXT: JUDGES 6:33-40.
🔑KEY VERSE “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 he dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said” (JUDGES 6:36,37).
Kenneth E. Hagin said, “Doubt is from the devil. You have to resist doubts and rebuke them. You have to get your mind on the answer – on God’s word. In order to receive answers to your prayers, you must eradicate every image, suggestion, vision, dream, impression, feeling and all thoughts that do not contribute to your faith and that do not affirm that you have what you have asked God…”
As God’s children, we have the duty to trust Him and believe His word. Any other alternative is dangerous for our survival.
In our passage today, the children of Israel were faced with a great challenge from the Midianites. God had sent His angel to Gideon to prepare him for the leadership of the nation in this critical time but the man was beating about the bush. The angel of God kept reassuring him and working on his weak will. Eventually, he felt he could push back at God. He thought of the fleece option as a means to excuse himself from the task.
God obliged him his request to make the land wet but the fleece dry and vice versa. He went all out to encourage Gideon because He knew he was afraid of doing the right thing.
Many people today are like Gideon. They are afraid of doing the perfect will of God for a myriad of reasons. His excuse was his humble birth and the might of the Midianites. What is yours? Believers are called out from this sinful, polluted and evil world into a life of prompt obedience to God in living right and preaching the gospel. No excuse is tenable before the Lord for failure to heed His call. And just like He did to get Gideon going, He will help and give you all that you need to walk in obedience to His will today. He has promised that He will never leave nor forsake you as you walk in the path of obedience.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Faith is stronger than fear.
BIBLE IN A YEAR JOHN 4-5.
Some decisions that need more confirmations from God before taking steps.
- God Himself appeared to Gideon in the form of an angel and Gideon eventually discovered it was God vv11,12, 22,23.
- He was directly commissioned by God to fight the Midianites v14.
- He asked for a sign and he was given vv17,21.
- He demonstrated obedience of faith by destroying Baal in line with God’s command vv25,27.
- He also took actions of faith by calling and gathering Israel to battle vv33-39.
- No wonder he was listed among the heroes of faith in Hebrews 11:32.
- His asking for confirmation is not conditional for his obedience. He was really battle-ready.
- In the NT, true children of God have better ways of confirming divine guidance rather than asking for signs.
- When major steps are to be taken after knowing the will of God, we should be willing to seek more confirmations because anybody can be misled by different voices I John 4:4, I Corinthians 14:29.
Q What are those major decisions that need further confirmation from God?
Lord teach me to always wait on You for guidance
Lord sharpen my sensitivity to the voice of the Spirit
Lord, let me never be a prey of deceptive and strange spirits
Lord, let your voice and guidance be more real to your children than ever before in times like these
HYMN Guide me O great Jehovah
- Guide me, O my great Redeemer,
pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but you are mighty;
hold me with your powerful hand.
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
feed me now and evermore,
feed me now and evermore.
2 Open now the crystal fountain,
where the healing waters flow.
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
ever be my strength and shield,
ever be my strength and shield.
3 When I tread the verge of Jordan,
bid my anxious fears subside.
Death of death, and hell’s Destruction,
land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises
I will ever sing to you,
I will ever sing to you.