|Glenn standing at the open door to Lincoln|
Cathedral in Lincoln, England
Even though God was with him, Gideon still harbored doubts. So again, he set out a test as recorded in verses 36-40. He laid out a fleece on the ground and asked the Lord to make the fleece wet and the ground dry around it if, indeed, he was to save Israel. When he arose the next day, the fleece was wet and the ground was dry. This, however, was still not enough for Gideon. He asked God for one more sign. He put the fleece out again and asked the Lord to allow the ground to be wet with dew but the fleece to be dry if he was to deliver Israel. Once more, the Lord answered Gideon through this sign. To Gideon's credit, he did believe God and obeyed him defeating the Midianites with only three hundred men thus glorifying the Lord before the people of Israel.
While this methodology of laying out a fleece worked for Gideon, does this mean we are supposed to use this method ourselves every time we have doubts about our direction in business, life or spiritual matters? According to our Lord during His temptation in the wilderness, He said: "....Again it is written, 'You shall not put the Lord your God to the test'" (Jesus quoted Deut. 6:16). Certainly in Gideon's situation, God demonstrated great patience with this man who was filled with doubts, but this is not to be the norm in our dealings with God.
|An ancient closed door in the Cathedral of Lincoln|
in Lincoln England.
Just because Gideon used a fleece does not mean this is a doctrinal approach to finding God's will for our lives. We have to be careful of taking a scripture and running with it as though it was the only way to know His direction. Knowing that we have God's Word, prayer and Christian brothers/sisters who can affirm us in our decisions should be more than enough to guide our steps. Circumstances can change radically from day to day, but God's Word stands forever. As a result, we need to put away that fleece and put our faith in God who knows our beginning and our end. Selah!
|A garden inside the Castle of Lincoln in Lincoln, England|
I welcome your comments and insights here. How has God guided you in your decision making?