This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
Today, I am thinking about how we will often ask God for a sign before we take action. This thought came to me as I’ve recently been studying Gideon’s story in the book of Judges.
As we know, the Israelites were under attack by the Midianites, and God chose Gideon to save them. However, Gideon was very doubtful that he had actually been chosen for the task because he viewed himself as so unqualified. Therefore, he asked God for a sign to be sure that this was what God was asking him to do.
First, he left a piece of wool on the floor and asked God to make the wool wet with dew but to keep the ground dry when morning came. If that occurred, he would know that God was telling him to free the Israelites.
The next morning, Gideon squeezed a bowl full of water from the piece of wool, but that wasn’t enough. Gideon went back to God and asked for a second sign. This time, he asked God to leave the piece of wool dry, but to make the ground wet with dew.
The next morning, that was precisely the case. The wool remained dry and the ground was wet.
So, we see that God responded to Gideon’s request for a sign on both occasions. Yet after God gives you a sign, the next move is yours to take. The question is, will you take it?
Sometimes, we know when God is speaking directly to us. Maybe He has put something on our heart, or maybe He’s speaking to us through another person. But once we have confirmation, we can’t become gripped by fear. We have to take the next step.
To give us the strength and courage to do so, let us cling to these words: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
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So today, ask for a sign, but then be prepared to take action.