A short devotional on Judges 6:36-40. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Monday, October 12, 2020
It is the story we think about when we need to make a decision. As Christians we want to do God's will, which is a good thing. So we often talk about putting out a fleece. Asking for a sign from God to know what direction to go.
I don't know as this is necessarily bad. However, it may not be the lesson the original fleece story is trying to teach.
God had asked Gideon to deliver his people from the Midianites. Essentially it was a suicide mission. If God didn't come through they would all die.
But God gave Gideon strong evidence He would be with him. He sends an angel that performs a miracle. You can read the story in the Beginning of Judges 6.
Gideon knows it's God telling him to do this. He has clear direction and clear proof.
But then we get to this story about the fleece.
Judges 6:36-40 says:
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.
The story of the fleece is not about Gideon making a decision on what to do. God had already told him that. The fleece was about Gideon needing reassurance that God would be with him.
And God gave it.
That says something about our God and His gracious interaction with people. God was willing to give Gideon reassurance as Gideon moved forward in the path God had laid out for him.
And He is no different today. God isn't just there at the beginning of the journey He has called you on. But is there along the journey, willing to give you reassurance along the way.
I like that about our God.
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