SCRIPTURE: Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” JUDGES 6:36-37
God had already asked Gideon to take on a big assignment, but Gideon wanted to make sure that God was speaking to him (Judges 6:17). When God gave him another sign, Gideon asked for a third sign. It seems that Gideon’s faith wasn’t perfect, but it was real and it was growing. And as his faith grew, so did his understanding of God’s role in his life.
God is patient with us when we ask him to help us understand his plans for us. He gives us reassurances when we request them. When he calls us to a big assignment, he makes sure we get the message.
When Gideon asked for a sign, God told him to get ready to attack the Midianites. But Gideon still needed another confirmation before he could go into battle. So what did God do? He sent an angel.
This is when Gideon started to second-guess himself: "If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened?" (When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior. Judges 6:12). He didn't want to see anything as a coincidence or accident anymore—he wanted it to be deliberate and planned by God.
Gideon’s doubts are all too familiar. We may not have experienced the same type of miracle that Gideon did, but we've all had moments where we questioned whether our prayers were being answered because it didn't seem like God was listening or paying attention.
It's easy for us to look down on people who ask for signs from God, but we need to remember that God is patient with our attempts to hear His voice and follow Him, and He understands our uncertainties. For example, if someone asks for confirmation about something important in their life, like getting married or buying a house or starting a business venture… then they probably won't stop asking until they feel confident enough in what's being revealed to make sense.
One of the most difficult things is to trust God when you don't see any evidence that what He's telling you is true. That's why it's so important to ask for something concrete that will confirm His words.
When you ask for something concrete, it gives God an opportunity to reassure you. And when He does, believe Him. He wants you to trust the direction He has given you.
Lord, I know we walk by faith and not by sight. But sometimes I need reassurance that my faith is heading in the right direction. Be patient with me. Show me signs, and give me faith to believe them. Take Care, God Bless, And Make It A Great Day!