“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. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me on more test with the fleece. This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew. That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.” (Judges 6:36-40)
God in this case, used signs in the material world to bolster His people’s faith. Such power and presence with His people. For Gideon the signs also signified divine patience with a young believer facing an awesome task.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Gideon was a young believer, yet he knew enough to go to God in prayer, and did so twice. God revealed His patience with Gideon, allowing him to ask for a sign and then ask for it again in another way, so he would be sure, that he understood what it was God was asking him. We must not be afraid to ask God to give us an explanation for what He wants us to do. He is looking for His people to be obedient to His will, and then to trust that You will do as You have promised. For it is in Your precious name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If He is worth possessing, He is worth proclaiming!”
“While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, ear the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote.” (Daniel 5:2-5)
God interrupted Belshazzar’s blasphemous party with a written message. God uses His own mysterious ways to communicate His will. God’s Spirit gave Daniel wisdom to read and interpret the writing. Such revelation came to overcome human pride and reveal God’s sovereignty.
“This is the inscription that was written: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN,” and it was interpreted by Daniel as saying, “Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end; Tekel: “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;” Peres: “Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.” (Daniel 5:25-28)
The interpretation of the four words is a revelation of God’s purposes in the immediate history of Belshazzar and nations which surrounded him. God used Daniel to reveal God’s will to the king. The message involved word plays on weighs and monetary units. God used the mysterious word game to first confuse, then give meaning to the king.
Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purpose, an gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonder and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.” (Hebrews 2:3-4)
Rejection of so many revelations leads to inevitable rejection of the way of salvation. God has revealed His fantastic love and saving plan through Christ. He has also manifested Himself in signs, wondrous events, and miraculous activities. Now He expresses Himself in a present Spirit who provides special gifts in keeping with God’s will. He has used every means possible to convince people to trust Him and nothing else for salvation. This begs the question beloved, do you believe Him? Do you truly trust Him? If not, what is holding you back?