God Delayed… ?

Posted: June 27, 2013 in Gideon
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Was God delayed in doing what He wanted to do because of Gideon’s doubt and fear. i know God’s timing is perfect so wouldn’t that mean that when He spoke to Gideon He was ready to move? And if He was I am also aware that God works all things for the good of those who love Him so it still works out to the good but…. was it the best? What about Gideon hearing God , needing no signs and he accepts and acts on it IMMEDIATELY? Maybe God built-in a cushion knowing what Gideon would do?

Judges 6:37 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. And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the dew out of the fleece, he wrung from it a bowlful of water.”

Here’s what stands out to me and i preface that with… just because it stands out  to me does not give it any authority.

Gideon did not put the fleece out to determine God’s will.  He already knew what God’s will was.  He had been told by the angel, and he even subtly acknowledged it with the phrase “as you have promised.”  Gideon knew what God wanted him to do, yet he did the fleece thing anyway.

The fleece was a sign of unbelief.  Gideon had already received a miraculous sign from God to prove that He was going to give Gideon victory and deliver Israel.  Yet, perhaps because of the response of his own townsmen, Gideon doubted.  He had to have another sign.  And then yet another.  In other words, Gideon knew God’s will but didn’t believe it.  “Putting out a fleece” was not a method of determining God’s will, it was an act of faithlessness because Gideon didn’t trust that God would do what He had already promised.

The fleece was a request for a miraculous sign.  It was not simply a request for events to go a certain way.  Gideon wanted something to happen that was contrary to the usual pattern of nature, i.e. a miracle.  It was not a request for a “sign” of the type “if my dog barks within the next half hour, then i’ll know the answer.”  Gideon’s request would be more along the lines of “if my duck barks, then i’ll know the answer.”

God graciously did as Gideon asked, and in the morning the fleece was wet enough to produce a bowl of water when it was wrung out. So… end of story right? Wrong, nothing changed for Gideon. He had no more assurance, no more faith than he did at the start. God showed up and Gideon was somewhere else. Gideon’s faith was so weak that he asked God for another sign—this time to keep another fleece dry while making the surrounding dirt wet. Again, God  complied, and FINALLY Gideon was convinced that God meant what He said and that the nation of Israel would have the victory that the angel of the Lord had promised.

All that said, was there a delay?

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  1. meandiam says:

    “When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith on the earth”? God is always interested in assessing our spiritual condition. He lowers HImself to our level, works with us to increase our faith, to prove that He is trustworthy in all He does. We musr stand in awe of His patience and His love! Great blog.

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