This passage recounts the story of God’s calling of Gideon to save his people. Gideon’s uncertainty is clear—surely God has the wrong person. It’s worth reading the entire story as Gideon asks first for God to prove the message is from him, then to confirm it through the novel use of fleece. Scholars debate whether this is an endorsement of the fleece method. What it does show is that God is patient—and persistent—as we work to address our self-doubts and confirm His call.
Questions for further thought:
1. Have you ever felt a strong pull to take on something new but talked yourself out of it? What did that self-discussion sound like? Was it the right decision?
2. Are you feeling a tug toward a new undertaking right now, either in your career or in an area of service?
Challenge: Take a step toward that thing to which you feel called. Whether you need to do some research, visit an organization involved in the work, or simply volunteer and dive in, make a move in that direction…and keep moving.
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