I remember when I decided to start blogging and it seemed like such a herculean task. I am not a professional writer, in fact my academic background is in Engineering; talk about worlds apart! Success leaves clues and my initial steps of action involved sitting down and chatting with people who had great blogs. I asked everything, from choosing great titles, to selecting great topics, to even driving traffic. I was humble enough to realize that I was clueless and there were people who had done it before me. I asked and kept asking to date. “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” ― Voltaire
In the book of Judges, we are told about the Israelites when they had done evil in God’s eyes and they had been delivered into the hands of the Midianites for seven years. Through this time their affliction was so bad that they hid themselves in dens and caves which were in the mountains just to seek refuge. Whatever produce they got, be it crop or livestock, the Midianites together with the Amalekites would come up and destroy all of it, leaving the Israelites impoverished. The Israelites then turned their cries to the Lord and He heard them and answered in a peculiar way through Gideon, who had no idea as to how he would move forward with such a plan.
Rather than shove off the idea that he could be used by God since he lacked greatness, Gideon sought God’s confirmation. It was not a case of him lacking faith but of being strengthened in faith; he understood that what he was being called to was so big that it could only be done by God’s hand.
Judges 6:17-then he (Gideon) said to Him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me..”
Judges 6:20-22 The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so. Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed from his sight. Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord.
However confirmation does not end with this act alone, in fact, Gideon asks God to reveal Himself again, and this audacity is what strengthened him in greatness. This is what he says,
Judges 6:36-40 So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as you have said, look I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
We all have doubts and fears and many times what we are being called to do, is not so clear. In fact, big dreams, which lead to greatness stretch us to points of self-doubt as they always appear audacious. Sometimes we battle with our emotions and question whether it is God calling us or just our feelings. However God does not work with our feelings rather our obedience and faith; He allows us to ask Him to confirm His call for us and reaffirm us during the journey. Seeing proof of God’s power strengthens us and so we need to keep asking Him to show us something. He takes no offence in our doubts; He is more than willing to clear all doubts.
Human wisdom tells us that questioning is a sign of lack of faith while it’s really a way of learning. When we stop questioning we walk away in doubt but when we receive clarification we stay the cause of greatness. Here are smart ways to asking great questions >>>
- Greatness: You Have It in You (christoid.wordpress.com)