THE GIDEON COMPANY(Pt. 6)

THE GIDEON COMPANY (Pt. 6)
““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 will know that You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken.””‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:37‬‭NASB‬‬

FLEECING THE ALMIGHTY?

Gideon has been called, consecrated, and clothed with the Holy Spirit. What more does he need? Apparently convincing! Before you raise too broad of a smile as to his lack of faith and assurance, let us consider the outcome of his request.  The LORD God answered his request!
Was God being “fleeced” by his servant? Or was He in anyway obligated to answer Gideon’s request? The answer is that God didn not  act out of “duty” like a heavenly “bell-hop” (or servant), making the fleece wet and the ground dry” and vice-versa. The LORD did not obligate Himself, in any way, to answer Gideon’s request.  But He did accommodate Gideon’s lack of courage. It seems that God was more interested in getting a victory over His enemies than chastising his servant for his reluctance in moving forward directly with God’s plan.
We all (from time to time) have “feeble knees” and “fainting spells” from lack of courage. In those times (if we sincerely mean to do the LORD’s will), we are often given the divine confirmation needed to move forward in Him. The apostle Paul wrote a letter of encouragement to his son in the faith, Timothy, who had a “timid” nature as a young leader. “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”(‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NIV).

“For though we live in the world,we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”(2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:3-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬).

Apparently, Gideon needed all the assurance he could get for his momentary sagging faith and loss of courage. And the God of “Signs and Wonders” was pleased to give him the confirmation he needed. He assured him he was indeed God’s “mighty man of valor for the hour” versus ,as someone said, only a “man of paste and flour”! We are called to “Fight the good fight of FAITH[Caps. mine]”(1 Timothy 6:12a NIV).
FLEECE WET…FLEECE DRY
The fleece on the threshing floor is very suggestive of God’s way in true revival. The fleece is a symbol of the people of God. For we are called “the sheep of His pasture”.   And when we are prostrate and brought low before the LORD, He sends the refreshing dew of the Holy Spirit in order to revive us. Many of God’s saints have testified that when the night of spiritual conflict or as some have termed it the “dark night of the soul” has passed, they experienced renewed sense of God’s grace, power and vitality.  They understood, that the  “fleece”,as it were, of their soul had been brought low in God’s presence to receive heaven’s dew until it could be wrung out as Gideon demonstrates a “bowl full of water”; sustaining the weary, thirsty soul.  Our Lord Jesus taught, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”(Matthew 5:6).
God will later answer Gideon by reversing the order, causing “the ground to be wet and the fleece dry”. This speaks of the ways of God in true revival. God first “revives and renews” the people of God in order that He might give “the Dew of His saving grace” to a dying world. He has promised, “The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man”(Micah‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV).
We need Revival is for the God’s people.   But it should always lead to an Awakening for those who are “dead in their trespasses and sin”(Ephesians 2:1 NASB). One must proceed the other.
(C) Copyright 2016, Walter Fletcher, Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in anyway from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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