Monday, January 30, 2006
Remember the story of Gideon from the Bible (Judges 6)? God tells him to do something, but Gideon lacks confidence, or clarity and so he tests God. I was listening to this in the car the other day on the way to work and it struck me...no where does it record that God gets upset. Gideon asks the LORD not to get angry (v. 39), but it never tells us that God was in fact upset. (Funny how I've always gotten the impression that Gideon was in the wrong here. It seems to me, the people that have taught this passage to me have always emphasized that Gideon had little faith -- but the TEXT doesn't demand that we be scornful of Gideon.) Frankly, there have been times in my life where I've felt like Gideon -- I lack confidence, I'm not real clear on a course of action -- and I'd like to put out a test for God -- just to make sure that we're on the same page. But I've always thought that it was wrong. I'm changing my mind. What do you think? Can I test God? Who makes up the tests? Me? God? What if I'm like Gideon and after one test, I decide that I need another...at what point have I gone too far. (by my count, God had to prove himself to Gideon 3 times).
Posted by charlesdean2 at 12:29 PM