Judges 6:39-41 “Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.’ That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.” Gideon was testing to be sure he had heard from God regarding being chosen to lead Israel.

The Scene: Two direction signs–two choices connected in the middle with a stand.

God has given all mankind free will, with which we make decisions and choices. God’s people are free to test His Word anytime, wanting to verify that we have heard a true word* from the Holy Spirit, which is good and not the voice of the evil one, the enemy; God will never punish His children for asking reassurance of His word.

Luke 5:4-6 “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets for a catch.’ When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”

John 14:21 “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

God gives His Word as a loving Father. Either we listen to Him or we suffer consequences. Godly obedience leads to Godly rewards; disobedience to God leads to Godly punishment or loss of rewards from Him.

*We know God’s word is true when it lines up with the Holy Scripture.

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