The Fine Art of Failure: Week 4 - Day 1

OPENING PRAYER: 

Father, I open my heart to you today. As I read these words from your Scriptures, I pray that I would be encouraged and convicted by the story of Gideon.

 

READ: judges 6:39, NIV

Then Gideon said to God, "Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew."

 

REFLECT: 

Our actions are always a reflection of our hearts. In this passage we can clearly see what’s going on in Gideon’s heart. His doubt in the instruction from the Lord is evident as he asks for a sign. In his actions, he is belittling God’s sovereignty. Sometimes the doubts that are blaring in our hearts and minds can allow lies to fester. We end up being foolish, pushing ourselves away from God’s purpose for our lives. The Lord was gracious to Gideon and provided a sign for his unbelieving heart. 1 Peter 1:8-9 tells us, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” Faith is in our hearts but it is brought to fullness in our actions, in our obedience. Jesus told us that we would be blessed for believing even though we could not see. What is the opposite of doubt? Faith. One of the best ways we can bring glory to our God is by acting out this faith. God tells us the story of Gideon to encourage us and call us to deeper obedience. He wants us to draw closer to him by this obedience. Then we will be able to understand how much he cares for us and loves us.

 

APPLY: 

God calls each of us in big and small ways every day. Ask him to quiet your doubts to hear his Spirit in you. What is he calling you to today?

 

CLOSING PRAYER: 

God, you are so good to me. In your sovereignty you have placed a calling on my life. I ask that you make it clear to me by your Spirit. and give me the strength to obey your instructions for my life.

Terry Schneider