Fleece or Faith?

Judges 6:39-40 “And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.”

This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Good morning and happy Lord’s day! As I start my day, I read in Genesis of the account of Jacob and Esau. Jacob had deceived his brother and used a situation in Esau’s life to take his birthright. Now, we instantly blame Jacob, but he is not to take all the blame. Esau let a carnal desire and a need that could have been met in time, overtake his reasoning to guard something so precious as his birthright.

I began thinking of the exercise of faith throughout the bible. It was a centurion who made the Son of God marvel when he sent his servant to request healing of Jesus. THis man knew how good and right authority was supposed to work – top down management: if I say it, it is your job, in your position to carry it out. Applied; if Jesus was who He said He was, then all He needed to do was to speak the word and it would be so.

The centurion’s faith was in the absolute authority of Jesus as the Son of God. But what of us? Are we more like Gideon who’s timidity needed bolstering? He questioned God choosing Him to do such a monumental task as to deliver the nation of Israel from the bondage of the Midianites. Yet, we face similar choices.

God has promised us victory over our sin and yet we struggle to trust Him to deliver us from our addictive behaviors. Saved folk will complain as to how hard it is to quit smoking, or drinking, or drugs, or overeating, or immorality. Where is our faith?

The trial of quitting and starting again only to try to quit over and over should prove to us that we do not have the power to overcome. God has promised us the victory if we but trust Him. Before we begin, we ask God for a sign that this is the direction we should go. The Word of God should be enough for us to ask for the power to resist.

The law and “Thou shalt not…” should speak truth to our hearts that God is against what it is we are contemplating. We should be convicted when we read:

James 4:17 “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

Let us believe the Word of God today as we hear it preached and taught to us in our Sunday school classes. Let us prepare to hear; come expecting a blessing and desiring to hear only from God. But may we also commit to obeying that which we hear.

God promised:

Luke 11:9 “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

So, today, ask for what it is we need – believing He will answer. Then we can testify of His marvelous supply!

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