There is not a famine of the Word of God but of hearing it. If the devil had his way, he’d distract all of us to have us hear the Word without it sinking in. The times are bleak spiritually, but it doesn’t have to affect us.
The newly-arrived children of Israel were a new nation in the land. Moses and Joshua were dead, and the people were ruled by judges. It was one thing after another. The devil didn’t let up then any more than he does now. The Midianites and the Amalekites filled the land and considered Israel the enemy. Our enemies today are many. That’s why we need a fresh revival from the Lord.
Gideon was backwards, thinking he had no leadership qualities. You may see yourself in an “I-can’t way” but we can be successful for the Lord in these times. The angel assured Gideon the Lord would be with him; he’ll be with us. Gideon had a proposal—to set out his fleece. Do we need to put out the revival fleece?
Judges 6: 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
The rest of the story was victory. Gideon was between a rock and a hard place. Sometimes the will of God is the hard place, and we’re in the middle somewhere. At times we’re pretty quick to do what we shouldn’t. God wants us to be revived. The only way is to set our fleece out and let God show us what we need to do.
Gideon didn’t think he had the character traits to lead. He told the people not to elevate him because the Lord would rule or they would not be ruled. When you think about your Christian life, did you ever think you’d get this far? Before I was saved, I thought myself an unlikely candidate to be used by God to help the church and the community. Well, we don’t make ourselves Christians. Jesus saved us and made us one. Letting him mold and shape us got us where we are.
Gideon had questions. What should our questions be? What can we do for revival? What things do I need to work on in order to have revival? What do you need to work on? Where do I start? Where do you? Gideon felt so small in the land of the Midianites and the Amalekites. David felt small next to Goliath. It’s not in us. It’s in God. If you ask God what, he will tell you. Do you have the courage to ask and then do what it takes?
How can it happen? We’re on losing ground in this old world, but we don’t have to be on losing ground with God. Jesus is just as fully Lord now as he ever was. God is God, and God will never change. God is God, and he always will be God. He’s the same today as he was in Gideon’s time. Do we have the courage to set out the fleece? Don’t go to someone else and tell them they need revival. Don’t put someone else’s fleece out. God wants me. He wants you. He wants my fleece. He wants yours. What you have belongs to you, and to have revival you must be willing to put out your own fleece. I must be willing to put out mine.
It’s a wet/dry world. It’s wet with sin and dry with righteousness. Sin is an outdated word. It’s a normal way of living for many. If others trade their souls to the devil, you and I don’t have to. It’s still your fleece and mine. We cannot excuse ourselves by saying “the devil made me do it.” That won’t work. We’ll not stand before God and blame anyone or anything else for our sins and failures. My failures lie with me and yours lie with you.
Gideon used his fleece and set it out. Are you ready to set yours out? The Midianites will be after you this week. Gideon wanted to be obedient. The first night he called for the fleece to be wet with dew and the ground dry. God did just that. The fleece was wet enough for Gideon to wring out a bowl of water. The ground was dry. It doesn’t matter how dry the ground is around us. We’ll find discouragement when we try to serve the Lord. Lay out your fleece. God will soak you if you let him. The world doesn’t have to dictate to us. We’re in the world but not of the world. In the midst of the dryness around us, the Lord can saturate and revive us. Don’t blame the dryness and coldness of others on the condition of your fleece. Your fleece is your fleece as mine is mine. We don’t need theatrics for revival. When Christians are willing to set their fleece out, revival will come. Do you have a desire to set out your fleece? If you do, God will bless.
Gideon wanted to go further—one more fleece. The next night he asked for the fleece to be dry and the ground to be wet. The next morning it was so. We must be willing for God to saturate us. For righteousness, be soaked. The world is dry with righteousness and muddy with sin. It’s everywhere. For revival to come we must be honest with our sins. We must face them. We all sin and come short. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t need revival. Paul said we should die daily to our sins. We have trouble with the flesh and with the devil. We need a drying out—get the sin out. Set the fleece out and let God dry out the sin and then saturate you with the dew of heaven.
Do you want this? Let’s get dried out from sin and saturated by God. The only way is to be willing to set out the fleece and let God work. Are you willing to do it?