Judges 6:36-37 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 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.
There is nothing that gives greater confidence than knowing for certain that you are in the will of God. It eliminates mistakes and takes the guesswork out of life. Who would not want to be at the place? It has proven to be the secret to a life of victory for the Patriarchs. When Moses returned to Egypt to deliver the Children of Israel, he did so being certain that he was in the will of God and so although he previously failed in Egypt, he had the assurance that things would have been different on that occasion because God told him to do it.
Gideon wanted to know for certain that he was in the will of God as it relates to going to war against the Miidianites who had oppressed Israel for years. The approach he took to be certain is to ask God for two signs even after God had spoken to him. The Lord had told him that He would be with him and that he would smite the Midianites in Judges 6:16. Nevertheless, that was not enough for Gideon to have the confidence to go out to fight. As a result, he asked God to confirm that what he heard were his words. In the first instance, he asked that the dew that would fall overnight would fall only on a fleece of wool and nowhere else on the ground and it happened as he requested. For the second case, the sign he asked for was the opposite: for the fleece of wool to be dry but the ground wet with dew. What Gideon was after was that of being certain that his planned action of going to war with Midian was in the will of God. While he needed signs to be certain that he was in the will of God that was not typical of other great men of the Bible. For the majority, being certain that they were in the will of God was based on living by the word of God and God speaking to them directly or through a trusted man or woman of God.
Do not make decisions based on past failures, emotions or the opinion of others, make them by being certain that you are in the will of God; that is how victory comes.
Life Application: Be certain that you are in the will of God by seeking divine counsel as well building your decisions around the word of God.
Prayer: Lord, I do not want to do anything if it is not your will. Help me to remain in you so that I will continually hear your voice concerning things in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.