If you are like most people, you want to know if your ideas and actions are sanctioned by the Lord. Thus you may seek for a sign of confirmation before you act, and that whole process is called putting out a fleece before the Lord. That concept was first introduced in the story of Gideon, so let's look at that now and see if there are any lessons we can learn from what Gideon did and why he did it.
God appeared to Gideon and appointed him the one to deliver Israel from the Midianites. This directive was not what Gideon was expecting so he asked God on three separate occasions to give him a sign that it was indeed the Lord who was guiding his steps. Here is one of those instances:
It's because most requests are made not in faith but in unbelief and God does respond very well to those who don't trust Him in the first place. When that happens, they get the response that Jesus gave to the Jews. Let''s look at that now.
NO SIGN, SORT OF
You see, if God can raise the dead, then He can do anything! He can help you start your business, publish your work, find you a job or fund your missions trip. When you say, "Oh God, I need a sign to let me know whether or not this is something you want me to do," you run the danger of asking because you don't really believe you can do what you are being asked to do.
The Lord asked Gideon to lead a battle against insurmountable odds and Gideon needed that reassurance because many lives were on the line. Most of us won't ever face that kind of challenge. Yours is much less demanding, so the knowledge that God raises the dead assures you that God can do anything, especially helping you to do what's in your heart.
Perhaps this week you need to stop procrastinating in unbelief while putting out a fleece, which will never be answered. Rather be looking for ways to do what is in your heart to do. When you do that, God will send you all the confirmation you need at every point. Have a great week!
KENYA VIDEOS: If you haven't already, I invite you to watch
two short videos that I shot at the orphanage I visited in Kenya a few
weeks ago. The children sang me a song and the founder said a brief
word of thanks. Once you watch them, read the post below and do what your heart moves you to do to help these children and others like them.
SOPHIA FUND & THE DEBORAH FOUNDATION: I announced two wees ago a new
initiative in time for Christmas that will allow you to help me open
learning centers all over Kenya. We will start small, but will
deliberately work to help the orphans in Kenya learn how to love books
and learning. You can play an important part in making this happen.
To read all about it, go to my blog
to see my latest post or go to my Facebook page. I need books and
educational toys and I need you to help me get them. I will figure out
a way to get them to Kenya. You just figure out a way to get them to
This morning I got two bags of books, shoes, bubbles and games in church, and I know they are the firstfruits of much to come. One woman told me she cried when she read about the Deborah Foundation and is organizing her friends and neighbors to have a book party. She also asked if she could help raise money to help get all the stuff over to Kenya. Of course I told her that she could. What's more, I would appreciate if you would be creative and think of ways to help this project go forward.
I also need help to continue feeding the orphans and widows there from The Sophia Fund. When you do your Christmas shopping and giving this year, please remember The Sophia Fund and The Deborah Foundation. I know you will be blessed when you do.