Words from Pastor Ken

Wet or Dry?

When was the last time you needed to know God’s will? Let’s face it, we all have or are struggling in this area. Here is a news flash — God knows we struggle with it and He uses this struggle to teach us to hear Him. We should resist the urge to lean on substitutes in the area of knowing God’s will for our lives.

You have not been a Christian very long before you hear the phrase, “Putting Out The Fleece”. Please consider resisting — it is a shortcut and it will lead you away from really knowing Him and discerning His voice.

“Then Gideon said to God, “If You are going to save Israel through me, as You have spoken, behold, I am putting 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 will know that You will save Israel through me, as You have spoken.” And it was so. When he got up early the next morning and wrung out the fleece, he wrung the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not let Your anger burn against me, so that I may speak only one more time; please let me put You to the test only one more time with the fleece: let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.” And God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.”  (Judges 6:36-40 NASB)

These are the verses that explain what Gideon did in a time of doubt. Let’s really look at it — but to do so you will have to read all of Judges 6. In this chapter it will show you what God’s people were up against and it will also show you when Gideon first met God. Notice — in that meeting they were talking — that is the norm. Why would he want less than the voice of God to lead Him? Well, God was asking Gideon to do something that was difficult -- even threatening — and so the words of The Angel Of God were drowned out of Gideon and doubt seeped in. Isn’t that true of us as well? Notice a few things as you read this chapter and I will leave it to you to seek out where I got them. It will be good for you to discover them in God’s Word for yourself — all of them are in this chapter. 

  1. Gideon was not ignorant of what God had told him to do. (vs. 36-37)
  2. Fleece setting is evidence of doubt not faith. 
  3. Fleece setting is telling God what to do. 
  4. Fleece setting does not really solve the problem. It most likely will create more doubt. 

 People miss the point of this passage as we often do in many other places in the Bible. This passage is telling us of God’s patience with us as His children. It was never meant to be a passage that explains how we come to know God’s will for our life. He is marvelously patient with us in our learning process and we should spend time praising Him for His patience. 

 Here are a few tips for discerning God’s will:

  • God doesn’t give us guidance as much as He gives us Himself as our guide. Get to know Him — He is with you all the time because He lives in you. 
  • Guidance is based on the principles of God’s Word. Read it often and you will come to know and feel His presence and His ways. 
  • Guidance is often confirmed through the indwelling peace of God. It cannot be explained — you just know and have peace. 

REMEMBER: We all struggle in this area so relax - BUT - don’t take a shortcut. If you will keep at it - using the tips above - you will come to know the “Real Thing” - which is Him.

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