I am not going to be done learning until my heart stops beating. There’s a time to stop being flexible and stop being open to new things and that time is when I’m dead. I have learned a lot in these last 50-some years 🙂 and I have a lot to learn in these next 30 years or whenever my eyes shut for the last time on this earth.
I am challenged to be quicker on the learning end than Gideon was as I read his story in Judges. The Lord told Gideon directly that he was going to bring him victory. But Gideon didn’t get it – Gideon replied that he was the least of his family. So what? God was going to do this, not Gideon.
Gideon prepared an offering to God and the Angel of God came down to burn it for him. Are you getting this yet, Gideon?
Then God told Gideon to cut down the pole in town that was dedicated to the pagan gods and build an altar with the wood. Gideon obeyed but he did it at night because he was afraid.
Really? God is talking to him and sending angels with fire and still Gideon is sneaking around at night?
The townspeople wanted to kill Gideon for cutting down the pole but a leader in town stopped them. Who did that, Gideon?
Then God called Gideon to lead the Israelites into battle but Gideon still had to test God by laying out a fleece. Twice!
When are you going to understand that this is God you’re dealing with, Gideon?
It appears like Gideon is starting to learn and trust God when he lets God limit his army to 300 men. But then he takes a step back when he’s afraid and has to sneak into the Midianite camp to hear what’s going on before he will attack it.
From what we read, that looks like the final step of learning to trust God for Gideon because we don’t read of him testing God again or being afraid. Gideon leads the Israelites into several successful battles without testing God first.
He learned to trust.
He got it.
So I have to ask myself – how well am I doing in learning to trust? Do I get it?
How well are you doing?
Please help us to trust you, Abba Father.