General Eisenhower was Supreme Commander as the allies made plans to defeat Hitler. He told the soldiers: “Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well equipped, and battle hardened. He will fight savagely…I have full confidence in your courage, your devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.” We all know that the allies won. We learn from Judges 6, that as Gideon prepared to meet enemy warriors, he was not so confident. Even though God had promised to be with him, he still lacked sufficient faith to move forward. The Midianites, Amalekites, and other eastern people had formed a coalition. They were already in the land ready to fight. Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised, prove it to me. If the fleece is wet in the morning but the ground dry, I will know that you are going to help me.” God did it, but the next night, he asked another favor. “Let the fleece stay dry and the ground wet.” Again, God accommodated Gideon to assure him. In rare situations, God may help our faith with a fleece experience. In reality, however, true faith does not need a fleece incident to guide us. God has revealed His will in His Word, and has given us His Spirit to guide us.
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