Faith or Lack Of Faith?
Please read the following two sections of chapter 6. The part I am omitting of chapter 6 are verses 24-32, which are not directly related to the question at hand. Feel free to read the entire chapter by clicking here- link.
Questions to ask yourself for Part I & II:
Did Gideon demonstrate a lack of faith by asking such a thing from God? Is it okay for us to ask God to answer us in such a way?
Judges 6 – part 1
6 Then the people of Israel began once again to worship other gods, and once again the Lord let their enemies harass them. This time it was by the people of Midian, for seven years. 2 The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelis took to the mountains, living in caves and dens. 3-4 When they planted their seed, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and other neighboring nations came and destroyed their crops and plundered the countryside as far away as Gaza, leaving nothing to eat and taking away all their sheep, oxen, and donkeys. 5 These enemy hordes arrived on droves of camels too numerous to count and stayed until the land was completely stripped and devastated. 6-7 So Israel was reduced to abject poverty because of the Midianites. Then at last the people of Israel began to cry out to the Lord for help.
8 However, the Lord’s reply through the prophet he sent to them was this: “The Lord God of Israel brought you out of slavery in Egypt, 9 and rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who were cruel to you, and drove out your enemies before you, and gave you their land. 10 He told you he is the Lord your God, and you must not worship the gods of the Amorites who live around you on every side. But you have not listened to him.”
11 But one day the Angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, on the farm of Joash the Abiezrite. Joash’s son, Gideon, had been threshing wheat by hand in the bottom of a grape press—a pit where grapes were pressed to make wine—for he was hiding from the Midianites.
12 The Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty soldier, the Lord is with you!”
13 “Stranger,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors have told us about—such as when God brought them out of Egypt? Now the Lord has thrown us away and has let the Midianites completely ruin us.”
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “I will make you strong! Go and save Israel from the Midianites! I am sending you!”15 But Gideon replied, “Sir, how can I save Israel? My family is the poorest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least thought of in the entire family!”16 Whereupon the Lord said to him, “But I, Jehovah,[a] will be with you! And you shall quickly destroy the Midianite hordes!”
17 Gideon replied, “If it is really true that you are going to help me like that, then do some miracle to prove it! Prove that it is really Jehovah who is talking to me! 18 But stay here until I go and get a present for you.”“All right,” the Angel agreed. “I’ll stay here until you return.”19 Gideon hurried home and roasted a young goat and baked some unleavened bread from a bushel of flour. Then, carrying the meat in a basket and broth in a pot, he took it out to the Angel, who was beneath the oak tree, and presented it to him.
20 The Angel said to him, “Place the meat and the bread upon that rock over there, and pour the broth over it.” When Gideon had followed these instructions, 21 the Angel touched the meat and bread with his staff, and fire flamed up from the rock and consumed them! And suddenly the Angel was gone!
22 When Gideon realized that it had indeed been the Angel of the Lord, he cried out, “Alas, O Lord God, for I have seen the Angel of the Lord face-to-face!” 23 “It’s all right,” the Lord replied. “Don’t be afraid! You shall not die.”
Judges 6 – part 2
36 Then Gideon said to God, “If you are really going to use me to save Israel as you promised, 37 prove it to me in this way: I’ll put some wool on the threshing floor tonight, and if, in the morning, the fleece is wet and the ground is dry, I will know you are going to help me!”
38 And it happened just that way! When he got up the next morning, he pressed the fleece together and wrung out a whole bowlful of water!
39 Then Gideon said to the Lord, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more test: this time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet!”40 So the Lord did as he asked; that night the fleece stayed dry, but the ground was covered with dew!
What Did You Decide
Did Gideon demonstrate a lack of faith by needing God to deliver a miracle?
When I first read this scripture it was 15 to 20 years ago, very early on in my spiritual walk. At that time it seemeded wrong and like a definite lack of faith on Gideon’s part.
Today, things have changed.
When we are at the verge of making a decision that will impact the rest of our lives, it is no surprise we want assurance that we are making the right choice. It is also no surprise then, that when these points of decisions arise in our lives we turn to ALMIGHTY GOD for answers and confirmation.
Here is my take on Gideon now:
When things are really important to you, who else is there to better rely on than God? Now I see, – why would God take it as an offense? It would make any father or mother happy to be asked for their counsel on a life altering decision that had to be made.
Additionally, I recently found myself at such a point. I needed reassurance from God. There are times in our lives that without His blessing and confirmation, we simply cannot continue forward in good faith. At least in my life this has been the case. I need to know, “God that you are behind this, and that I have received the go ahead, – YOUR BLESSING. Because if I don’t have that- I will doubt if things will work out. If I do have your blessing- then no matter what comes my way- I know hings will work out and I will continue marching on.”
Looking back at Gideon, He did not demonstrate a lack of faith, BUT A ROCK SOLID FAITH IN GOD. He knew God was capable of doing anything- for God is the God of making the impossible possible in front of everyone. He believed in God and it takes rock solid faith in God to ask God for a personal miracle and expect Him to deliver it. Gideon’s doubt was not related to God. It was related to other things. Was it God speaking to him? Was he being deceived? Was it really God who was commanding him to lead? That’s what Gideon wanted to know. Someone recently said to me- “God doesn’t work that way, you cannot ask God that way and expect him to answer.” Life has taught me, this way of thinking is our attempt of placing God in a box. God cannot be boxed. God can do anything. And when we have ROCK SOLID FAITH IN HIM, HE SHALL DELIVER TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM, SHALL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED OR ASHAMED. They shall be lead onto the path of truth and righteousness.