Perception, Prudent, or Positive?

Posted: June 26, 2013 in Gideon
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Then the Angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes, and there flared up fire from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes.

That’s pretty convincing to me and kinda sorta seems to be for Gideon, “And when Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord,

Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God!  i have felt that way, as though to say it’s about time Lord. Yes i’m aware that His timing is perfect but there are those times when it doesn’t seem so. i wish i could tell everyone how to stop those feelings but i’ve not found the answer. Gideon continues, “For now I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face!” Face to face would be a confidence builder for sure.

Perceive: to become aware of, or identify by means of the senses. It has always been my belief that my senses can change in the blink of an eye, the things i can see, hear, taste, touch and smell and therefore are not a sound basis for acting on anything. As for becoming aware perhaps that’s why i miss God. To busy, to distracted, to whatever… keeps me from being aware. God is always at work around me , but it’s up to me to be aware!

So much for Gideon’s perception. “Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him, but because he was too afraid of his father’s household and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it by night.” There is such a thing as being prudent (wise or judicious in practical affairs) but it doesn’t come from a place of doubt and fear.

i have said for years that God, the Son nor the Holy Spirit ever take possession of a person and make them do anything. i need more research before commenting further about this but for now i will stand corrected, verse 34, But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with Himself and took possession of him, and he blew a trumpet, and [the clan of] Abiezer was gathered to him.

Verse 36, “And Gideon said to God, If  You will deliver Israel by my hand as You have said.” There’s that “If” word again which really says, i perceive but i’m not absolutely sure. Fear and doubt still very much a part of Gideon’s life. How about removing the word if? “You will deliver Israel by my hand as You have said.” That’s sounds like a confession of faith rather than doubt.

Gideon continues in perception verses knowing and says to God, “Behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will deliver Israel by my hand, as You have said.” While i have never used a fleece in the way Gideon did i have used what amounts to a fleece in other ways. Times when i have said, “If (oops) it’s a God thing then the money will be there and then i will do it.”

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