"And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? ...And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said."
(Judges 6:14, 36-37 KJV)
We often use this story of Gideon to illustrate a person who doubted. But, if it should happen to us, maybe we should confirm that this was Our Awesome God telling us to do something so spectacular and not Satan's work. However, we should be careful about how we ask God for confirmation since we are to trust Him.
Gideon was not sure he had heard his instructions clearly. If he tried to do them and this wasn't Our Awesome God, it would mean his death and many of his people. So he asked God to confirm who He was by putting out a fleece and asking God to make only it wet and not the ground around it by the next morning. And that is what God did. He was still unsure (this is not recommended) so he asked God to make the ground wet and keep the fleece dry. God did it (Judges 6:36-40). Gideon did what God wanted because He knew his heart.
We wouldn't advise anyone to tell Our Awesome God in detail what He must do to prove Himself. Still, there are times when our trust could use a boost or we need to confirm our understanding of what God wants and God will know when those times are! If you need that boost, God will know that and why, so ask Him if it appears wrong to you. Satan might suggest and cajole, but Our Awesome God will know your need for reassurance before He asks you for action.
Improve your knowledge and trust in Our Awesome God by attending a church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ, who died for you, taking your sins upon Himself, arose on the third day and is now sitting by God, interceding for you when you sin. God wants you in heaven since He loves you already and so do the people of Living Word Baptist Church. Confirm what a wonderful God He is!
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. There are many opportunities to learn about God in our programs which include Bible Study groups, Prayer Meetings and AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM (September through May) . Let's see what we can do and learn!
"And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him."
(Judges 4:10 KJV)
Barak was a mighty Hebrew warrior who answered the call of Our Awesome God despite overwhelming odds. His name means "lightning." In the time of the judges, Israel had drifted away from God again, and the Canaanites had oppressed them for 20 years. God called up Deborah, a wise and holy woman, to be a judge and prophetess over the Jews, the only female among the 12 judges named in the Book of Judges.
Deborah called Barak, telling him Our Awesome God had commanded him (Judges 4:6) to gather the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali and go to Mount Tabor. Barak hesitated, saying he would go only if Deborah went with him. Deborah agreed, but because of Barak's lack of faith in God, she told him, credit for the victory would not go to him, but to a woman.
Barak led a force of 10,000 men from Israel, but Sisera, commander of King Jabin's Canaanite army, had the supposed advantage because Sisera had 900 iron chariots. In ancient warfare, chariots were like tanks: swift, intimidating and deadly. The Lord sent a rain and the chariots became mired in the mud, so Barak slaughtered all those in chariots (Judges 4). True to Deborah’s prophesy the battle was over when Jael, a Kenite woman, killed Sisera with a tent stake. (Judges 4:21)
Barak recognized that Deborah's authority had been given to her by Our Awesome God, so he obeyed a woman, something rare in ancient times. He was a man of great courage and had faith that God would intervene on Israel's behalf. But, when Barak told Deborah he would not lead unless she accompanied him, he was putting faith in her relationship to God, not his. Deborah told him this doubt would cause Barak to lose credit for the victory to a woman, which came to pass.
Faith without doubting Our Awesome God is necessary for any worthwhile task, and the bigger the task, the more faith is required. God uses whom he wishes, whether a woman, like Deborah or an unknown man like Barak. God will use each of us if we put our faith in him, obey, and follow where he leads. Could you have faith enough not to doubt if Our Awesome God sent you? READ JUDGES 4.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a children's program called AWANA (September through May). There is more during the week, Bible Studies in homes and a Prayer Meeting on Wednesday. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill