Have you ever been in a position where you know you heard from God on something, but what He asked you to do was so crazy, you just had to be sure? So you asked God to give you a sign that it was His voice you heard (even though you knew it to begin with), just in case!
This morning I was reading Judges 6, the story of Gideon and how God used him to save the children of Israel from an oppressive enemy. This is all cataloged in the first 6 verses and it left the Israelites destitute, calling out for the Lord to deliver them.
Moving on to verses 7-10, God raises up a prophet who speaks a word to His people, because everyone knows that when people are desperate and refuse to hear Gods voice for themselves, He asks a prophet to speak for Him. The prophet reminded the people just who God is-their deliverer, and then tells them that they’ve not obeyed Gods commands.
Then the story gets really good and God sends the angel of the Lord and finds Gideon in a wine press, threshing wheat, hiding from the enemy so that his family can have food to eat. This proves to me that God hears the cries of His people and looks for ANYONE who will do His bidding. So after a great exchange of conversation, Gideon is given simple instructions to take an older bull and a young bull, tear down the altar of Baal, build an altar to God and sacrifice the young bull.
He was afraid to do it during the day, so he took 10 of his fathers men, and the bulls and did what God said at night. When the people in the village saw it in the morning, they traced it back to Gideon’s fathers house and confront them about it. Gideon’s dad gave such a great response that the men left without harming them.
Ok, I know this is long, but this is the part I wanted to talk about; the fleece. Beginning with verse 36-40; So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said—look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
Father, sometimes even when we know, we still ask. It’s like an insurance policy for us. You already said, “My sheep know my voice…”, and still we ask. How kind You are to always answer us, always respond to our need to be sure. You’re so faithful to keep Your Word and we truly trust in You. Like the man said to Jesus, “Lord I believe, help my unbelief.” It’s the fear of the unknown, what we can’t see, that’s what keeps us asking for a sign. Forgive my doubt. Keep me in perfect peace as I keep my eyes on You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.