Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
His name was Gideon. He was a poor man from the tribe of Manasseh, and considered himself the least in his father’s family. He lived in a constant state of fear under the oppression of the Midianites. On the day in question, he was threshing wheat by a winepress for fear of the Midianites. This should give us a clear image of what Gideon thought of himself. He was a frightened man, feeling less privileged than most, thinking of himself, whether literally or figuratively, the runt of the litter.
And yet, there is an angel sitting in the shade of an oak tree waiting for the right moment to deliver a message to Gideon directly from the heart of Father God. Knowing Jehovah is absolute integrity personified, and that He calls things that be not as though they were (that’s faith), we see that God’s consideration of who Gideon was surpassed by light years Gideon’s thinking. How was it that the angel addressed Gideon? He said, “The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor” (Judges 6:12). This had to be a “You talking to me?” moment for Gideon. But those moments were not over.
Gideon, after seeing and hearing from an angel, still has questions. The angel tells him to prepare a sacrifice, and when it was prepared, the angel touched it with his staff, and fire consumed the offering (Judges 6:20-21). Still, Gideon had questions. He even has God speak to him directly that he is safe and will not die for what he has seen. Still, Gideon wonders. So, he asks the Lord for a sign (he’s already had several). It’s the story of the fleece; first, dew on the fleece and the ground dry, and second, dew on the ground and the fleece dry. God complied with both tests (Judges 6:36-40). Finally, it seems Gideon is persuaded that the answer to “You talking to me?” was a resounding “YES!”
Now before you begin laying fleeces before the Lord, keep in mind that Gideon was operating in the Old Testament. He was not born again, and he certainly was not filled with Holy Ghost. He was not living in a time when he could be led by Holy Spirit. Therefore, he asked for signs. My friend, we will surely still have our “You talking to me?” moments. But the truth of the matter is this; in the New Covenant, we have no Biblical right to ask God for signs as to what we are to do. I urge you to read Romans 8, and meditate upon it until it is firmly settled in your spirit. There we read, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). It’s time for us to grow up and be sons of God led by Holy Spirit, NOT signs.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4