DECEMBER 9: SHOW ME A SIGN

SHOW ME A SIGN

By: Darrelyn L.Tutt

"And he (Gideon) said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me.
...Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the flesh and the unleaven cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. 
...Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiazrites."
Judges 6:17,21,24
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Today's Read: Judges 6-7; Psalm 91
"Show me a sign ..."
Gideon is immersed into God's story during an "impoverished season" of Israel's life.
Quietly and secretly working behind closed doors, beside his father, in order to secure ample food provision for the family in the threshing of wheat, the two men laboriously stash secret provisions away, preventing the watchful Midianite "eye" from seizing them.
It was a full-time job.
The idolatry and adultery of Israel's heart in this particular season of her life had compounded her oppression and God, once again, was working to retrieve her wayward spirit.
His eye settles on a man named Gideon, a man who declares himself supremely unfit and  a man who has a "vat full" of negative thoughts, which he openly expresses, about God and His sovereignty.
An Angel is sent by God to appear to Gideon in the midst of the "threshing" and, with the look of an ordinary man and in an ordinary man's voice, he speaks to Gideon ... and Gideon speaks to him.
Gideon's thoughts tumble out of him with a quickness that suggests he's been thinking quite a lot about God ...
"And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord hath forsaken us and delivered us into the hand of the Midianites."
And the Angel speaks to him with the full authority of God:
"And the Lord looked upon him and said, Go in thy might and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites; have not I sent thee? 
And he said unto him, O my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh and I am the least in my father's house.
And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
And he said unto Him, If I have now found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me."
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Hmmm ...
-Does God truly assign God-sized tasks to men of little stature and rank?
-Does God seriously select men composed of disbelief and countless questions to forge deliverance to a nation?
-Does God impose and induce His very real presence into the lives of very common men?
-Might this same God break into the threshiing floor of "our lives" and usher into us His glory in such a spectacular display that we are taken off guard and seized by an "Angel's" presence?
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Mmmm ...
Yes, beloved one, my soul thinks so because God's word says so and that means  ...
it is so.
The request for multiple "signs" made by Gideon is observed and suggested throughout the deliverance of Israel from the Midianites, and the response of God to answering the need for those signs is supernaturally afforded to Gideon every time.
God uniquely and substantially outfits "His" man with multiple signs, multiple provisions, and apparent "personal" visitations throughout the process of Gideon's assigned leadership and progressive release from Israel's captors called the Midianites.
The story is fascinating and will catapult those who are experiencing numbness with God and isolation with Him.
God affords, through the story of Gideon, glimpses of His long-suffering nature and His inexhaustible grace, mercy, and love, as He shines redemptively through the shadowed corridor of man's doubts, distresses, and difficulties.
God reveals Himself ... even there.
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While I'm not advocating the idea of asking God for signs and wonders to accommodate the decision-making process ...
I believe there is a time where such requests are put forth in a "tumble and fumble" of confused questions, thoughts, and uncensored articulations that express exactly where we are at with the Lord.
It should be noted that God is not afraid of uncensored communication and He's bigger than our uncertain suggestions imposed upon His holy sovereignty.
God knows the thoughts and ideas within a man without him ever expressing a word at all ... and His love remains sufficient and ongoing through it all.
Release yourself to the wonder wrapped up in a stone:
JEHOVAH-SHALOM
and ...
Gideon's God be with you.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) What key thought stands out to you about from today's Bible read?
2) Find a stone and record JEHOVAH-SHALOM on it with a discovery God has given you about His presence.
3) Reflect on a "surprise personal encounter" you have had with God and an unlikely place He has chosen to meet you ...
And remember He might do that once again.
Mmmm ....