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Samson went down to Timnah. When he approached the vineyards of Timnah, he saw a roaring young lion attacking him. The Lord’s spirit empowered him and he tore the lion in two with his bare hands as easily as one would tear a young goat. But he did not tell his father or mother what he had done.
I do not recommend anyone pick a fight with the next lion they encounter. Samson isn't looking for this fight, the lion "suddenly attacked" Samson, and he was forced to respond. God decided to use this moment to reveal Samson's super strength: a gift that would shape him as long as he lived. Often times our gifts and purposes are revealed at the times we least expect it. As we live in service to a God who loves us and is for us, we are challenged to recognize the gifts He has given us. As your gift(s) are revealed, offer them as the Holy Spirit leads you to, and trust God with the rest.
“‘Any tithe of the land, from the grain of the land or from the fruit of the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. If a man redeems part of his tithe, however, he must add one fifth to it. All the tithe of herd or flock, everything which passes under the rod, the tenth one will be holy to the Lord. The owner must not examine the animals to distinguish between good and bad, and he must not exchange it. If, however, he does exchange it, both the original animal and its substitute will be holy. It must not be redeemed.’”
This is one of the many verses in scripture that reflects a tithe to be ten percent. The bible is also clear that a person should give as they are led to give. The idea of tithing is not just about giving God what is His anyway (although it is very much about that). Tithing forces us to remember who God is. God is our all in all. Everything we have belongs to God, and He is the Lord over all. When we tithe, we remember and recognize that it is God who sustains us and provides for our every need. Choose to trust God with everything, and the tithe is the giving that reflects that trust.
Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign. Please allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make only the fleece dry, while the ground around it is covered with dew.” That night God did as he asked. Only the fleece was dry and the ground around it was covered with dew.
Yesterday, we saw God graciously respond to Gideon's request for a sign. Today, we see Gideon ask for another sign regarding the fleece, and God AGAIN responds with affirmation that He will deliver Israel through Gideon. This asking for a 2nd sign reveals a sense of how far God is willing to go for His children, and how willing and honest we can be with God as we walk with Him and are led by Him into the plans He has for us. God is ever-revealing Himself to all people in so many ways. Gideon was willing to share his need honestly, and God again extends grace and confirms the plan.
Gideon said to God, “If you really intend to use me to deliver Israel, as you promised, then give me a sign as proof. Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and the ground around it is dry, then I will be sure that you will use me to deliver Israel, as you promised.” The Lord did as he asked. When he got up the next morning, he squeezed the fleece, and enough dew dripped from it to fill a bowl.
Gideon is in the middle of a "doubting Thomas" moment here with God. This makes me think of when the Pharisees would ask Jesus for a sign, and he would refuse them because of their motives. Gideon wants to trust God fully, and this is an exercise in trust to build Gideon's faith in God. Gideon's heart was open to God, and that served him well. The hearts of the Pharisees and Jewish leaders of Jesus' time; their hearts were not open to God. They sought signs that served their own selfish motives, not God's sovereign plan of redemption.
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent.” Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish?
At times, people have differing beliefs about the truth in a given situation. Each person's belief is regarded as foolishness to the other. Faith is a necessary part of the evidence that it is God who authored our salvation plan in Christ Jesus. God's truth reveals the world's wisdom as folly, but true wisdom (from God) cannot be folly, because God is the Author of everything, including wisdom.