Words from the Heart for Friday March 8th, 2019
Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.”
Judges 6:36-37 (NIV)
In 2017, Canadians lost a reported $95 million to scammers; up from $90 million in 2016, and from $60 million in 2015. Scamming is clearly big business, and growing, and since it is estimated that only five per cent of victims report their losses, it is likely that in 2017 Canadians were fleeced to the tune of $2 billion. Last March, the Better Business Bureau released its list of the National Top 10 Scams for 2017. Between them, the top 10 scams of 2017 scammed more than $68 million from the pockets of Canadians.
Godly people long to be assured that they are in the centre of God’s perfect will for their lives. We are careful not to take a stop outside of that will, for in the sweet spot of God’s will there is peace and joy and equipping. Sometimes it isn’t easy to determine God’s will for our lives, and so we search God’s word and pray and look for signs of some sort. We aren’t the first ones to do this. Back in Judges 6:36-37 we meet a godly leader named Gideon and read this: “Gideon said to God, ‘If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.’” We speak of “putting out the fleece” when seeking God’s will. But in this case, God had clearly revealed His will to Gideon. It could be argued that Gideon didn’t need to put out the fleece. When God reveals His will, and does so clearly, step out in faith.
These have been words from the heart.