36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.
39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
How easily Gideon’s name could be replaced with mine! I want to see the evidence, show me the proof and even then I need to be triple certain before I even try or do something different or outside of my comfort zone!
I’m amused by how Gideon asks God to perform such a specific task to eliminate any possibility of coincidences - and then when God does this, Gideon is pleased maybe even relieved. Yet he STILL, for good measure, asks God for yet another sign…just ONE more demonstration that His word is rock solid and dependable. Luckily for Gideon God pacifies him again and entertains his little test.
This is hesitancy and need for reassurance is simply a display of fear and doubt, which we can all be prone to at one time or another. It’s vital to remember that uncertainty and fear are active obstacles designed to keep us stuck. They can stop us from moving forward in our spiritual growth through instigating disobedience by preventing us from doing something that God is encouraging us to do.
From these verses I am reminded that God will stand by his Word. Therefore, anything He is leading us to do, to be a part of or to start, we should make the necessary moves forward in faith, trusting that He will have our back along the way.
Share your thoughts on this scripture and share ideas on how you/we can use it to apply it to our daily lives this month.