Motives When Asking God

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When asking the Lord for confirmation of something,  many say you shouldn’t and that is like questioning Him.  We must have the correct motives.  Seeking Him with all our heart and truly wanting His wisdom and guidance.   God will gladly answer that.   We see that in the scriptures below.

Judges 6:36-38
Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—  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.”  And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

COMMENTARY
Gideon is in the middle of a “doubting Thomas” moment here with God.  This makes me think of when the Pharisees would ask Jesus for a sign, and he would refuse them because of their motives.  Gideon wants to trust God fully, and this is an exercise in trust to build Gideon’s faith in God.  Gideon’s heart was open to God, and that served him well.  The hearts of the Pharisees and Jewish leaders of Jesus’ time; their hearts were not open to God.  They sought signs that served their own selfish motives, not God’s sovereign plan of redemption.

THEN WE HAVE.. 

Judges 6:39-40
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.”  That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

COMMENTARY
Yesterday, we saw God graciously respond to Gideon’s request for a sign.  Today, we see Gideon ask for another sign regarding the fleece, and God AGAIN responds with affirmation that He will deliver Israel through Gideon.  This asking for a 2nd sign reveals a sense of how far God is willing to go for His children, and how willing and honest we can be with God as we walk with Him and are led by Him into the plans He has for us.  God is ever-revealing Himself to all people in so many ways.  Gideon was willing to share his need honestly, and God again extends grace and confirms the plan.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

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