This section of Judges contains the familiar stories of Deborah and Gideon. It is the story of Gideon that reminds me of the interesting relationship we have with God.
The Lord calls Gideon to lead Israel against the Midianites and Amalekites. But Gideon is surprised by this call, because as he reminds the Lord, “My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manassa, and I am the least in my entire family!”
But the Lord reassures Gideon that he will be with him.
Understandably, Gideon is unsure, and requests assurance from the Lord. We read of these requests in Judges 6:36-40. 36 Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, 37 prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.” 38 And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.” 40 So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.”
This is the relationship we can have with the Creator of the universe!
Today’s reading: Judges 3:31-6:40
Tomorrow’s reading: Judges 7:1-9:21