Dare to Deal With Doubt

“The Lord said, ‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?’ And he said to him, ‘Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man…’

“Then Gideon said to God, ‘If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, 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 next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water.  Then Gideon said to God, ‘Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew.’ And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew…

“That same night the Lord said to him, ‘Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hand. But if you are afraid, go down to the camp… [and] hear what they say…’ Gideon [heard] a man telling a dream.., ‘This is the sword of Gideon;.. God has given into his hand Midian and all the camp.’

“Gideon… worshiped. ‘Arise, for the Lord has given Midian into your hand.’.. When they blew the 300 trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his comrade… And the army fled.” Judges 6:14-16,36-40; 7:9-10,13-15,22a

When God called Gideon, He committed to making him into His man for the task. Gideon was a mighty man of valor, but he had doubts about conquering the formidable Midianite army, and honestly expressed them. His Lord heard, understood, and dealt with each one. Gideon’s weakness and inability was met with God’s presence and Spirit, his need for assurance that he was indeed God’s instrument was answered with fire and supernatural dew, and then God allowed him to overhear the enemy’s fear. The Lord knew Gideon intimately, and graciously allayed his every doubt and made his way. (Judges 6:17-22,34)

Every time a new calling, or obstacle, or challenging circumstance presents itself, our Lord is in it. He personally enlists our faith, and listens and supports us when we doubt. He knows our earnest ‘I believe, help my unbelief,’ and supplies wisdom and confirmation when we ask, without finding fault. (Mark 9:24; James 1:5-6)

How do we respond to God’s instructions? Do we mask resistance and disobedience by claiming incapability? Do we doubt the goodness of His plan? Or do we step up, confess our uncertainties, and trust Him to provide? Neither inexperience nor unmatched strength remains an obstacle when we advance with Him. Our communion with God trains us for all that is to come.

Lord of Hosts, I commit my doubts and cause to You. Help me trust You more each day, and obey with confidence in Your blessed sufficiency. (Jeremiah 20:11-12)

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