Father, thank You for the example of Gideon. On two occasions Gideon asked for a sign before moving forward. What a great illustration to show me it’s ok to ask You for confirmation that I am indeed hearing from You.
There are times when I am sure I hear You and understand what I am to do.
But other times when, due to fear or reluctance on my part, I second guess myself and wonder if I have misunderstood You. So I am glad to know it is all right to ask for that reassurance.
I desire to follow in Gideon’s footsteps.
His first confirmation: The offering he brought was consumed by fire.
His first obedience: Upon receiving absolute proof he was hearing from You, Gideon tore down the altar to Baal and the Asherah pole and built an altar acknowledging You as The One True God. Even though he did this fearfully, You protected and blessed him.
His second confirmation: A wet fleece on dry ground, followed by the dry fleece on wet ground.
His second obedience: Gideon followed through with Your plan to save Israel.
Gideon used a good example of something that would be unlikely if not impossible to happen naturally. I too, need to be sure I’m not asking for a sign that will simply support my own desire; like, “Lord, if the sun comes up tomorrow I will know You mean…”
How do I verify I am hearing from You?
Asking You to combust food or wet a fleece like Gideon may not the best route to go these days, although not beyond Your ability. And You have left Your written Word as a guide for me. So, I have learned to ask three questions:
1 – Does what I hear agree with Scripture? The answer must be “yes.” I believe You will never tell me anything that contradicts what You have already told me in Your Word. Consequently, I must be familiar with Your Word.
2 – What will the result, or the fruit of the act be? It should lead to and produce the fruit of the Spirit; which is peace, patience, love, joy, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, and self-control. The acts of the flesh are immorality, idolatry, impurity, debauchery, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, selfish ambition, dissension, envy, and the like. So I can look at the expected result and see where I am headed.
3 – Will it benefit my relationship with You, Lord? Everything I do will either draw me closer to You or pull me farther away in our relationship.
So I can ask the three questions. But if confusion still exists, it is good to know that I can come to You with whatever concern I have and know that You will answer me so I can be sure of Your direction.
Thank You that You let me hear Your voice.
Give me the courage to be like Gideon and act on all You tell me. Amen
Judges 6:11-40; Galatians 5:17-23