I have often thought that it would have been wonderful to have lived in the time of Jesus. To have been able to have walked with Him and to have heard His voice. How amazing that must have been! I also imagine that it was probably scary when a bush started burning before your eyes with a voice coming from it, or if a donkey suddenly started talking to you like Balaam’s did. Even though we don’t live in those times, that doesn’t mean that the Lord is not talking to us.
I listened to a sermon this week from my favorite online pastor, Michael Todd, and he was talking about ways that the Lord spoke to us. Even though I know that the Lord talks to us, I still longed for the actual verbalization of His voice. I am so afraid that it is “me” speaking to myself and that it is “my” will that I am following.
This week, I read in Judges about someone else who wondered if it was really God he was hearing. Gideon was out threshing wheat, minding his own business, when an angel of the Lord appeared to him. I am sure that Gideon was a little taken back when the angel called him a “mighty warrior” and then proceeded to tell him that the Lord was going to use him to save Israel.
Gideon was surprised at the message, and he probably wondered if this person before him was really an angel or someone playing a trick on him.
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.
Once Gideon got his sign, the angel disappeared, and Gideon realized that He had been talking to an angel of the Lord. He was frightened, but the Lord told him to have peace and not to be afraid. Later that night, the Lord talked to Gideon and told him what he should do.
I have no idea if this was an audible voice, a voice in Gideon’s mind, or even a dream, but Gideon obeyed and did the will of the Lord. This tells me that Gideon was a believer. He had seen an angel of the Lord, and he had heard the Lord’s voice. Yet, he still had some lingering doubts because he again asked for confirmation in verses 36-40.
36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.
39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.”40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
I don’t think that Gideon was testing the Lord; he knew that the Lord was more than capable. Instead, Gideon asked the Lord to confirm that what he was hearing was exactly what the Lord wanted him to do. You will notice in verse 39 he pleads with the Lord. He asked the Lord to not be angry with him for asking for that confirmation.
This week, Joe and I had decided to buy something. We had talked about it for months and finally decided to move forward. Yesterday was the day that we were supposed to go and make the purchase. But, Friday night I kept wondering if this was the direction that the Lord wanted me to go.
I remembered reading about Gideon earlier, so I prayed that the Lord would open my eyes, my ears, and my heart so that I could “hear” His will for me. The next morning, I prayed the same thing before I got out of bed. Then I headed down the hall to fix myself a cup of coffee.
As I walked into the kitchen, Joe said, “come in here and let’s talk.” He then went on to say that he didn’t think that this was the right time to be buying anything, and I am sure that he said some more things, but I had already stopped listening. I had zoned out because I was rejoicing. Joe thought that I was mad or irritated because he said that we didn’t need to proceed. But, I was thrilled instead because I knew that the Lord had answered my prayers.
I would have been aggravated in the past because I wouldn’t have associated Joe’s sudden change of heart with the Lord’s will. Instead, I knew that the Lord had used Joe to talk to me because I had asked for a sign. How many of us miss that it is the Lord speaking to us? We chalk things up to being a coincidence or bad timing when it is actually the Lord.
This week, invite the Lord into all of your decisions. Ask him to guide you in the direction that He has in mind for you. And then actively seek His guidance. I can’t wait to hear all of the ways that the Lord spoke to you. Write them down so you can share them with everyone next week. Or, if you already have an example, please share it with all of us here today.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have Blessed Day!