I’ve been studying Judges 6 off and on all through the COVID situation which has now turned into civil unrest for our entire world. Gideon is the main character of Judges 6. He is a brave but ordinary man doing ordinary work when God approaches him to lead Israel into a battle. Gideon asks God twice to prove that he was really God (even brave men are surprised by super natural events); as soon as Gideon is assured that this really is God he builds an altar to God and “That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.” Judges 6:25 NIV
The very night that Gideon made himself responsive to God, God guided him. We are so often compelled to raise our voices in order to be heard, but it’s our words that God wants to hear. Make yourself responsive to God by talking to him, whispering your fears into His ear, sharing your crazy big prayer requests, taking your guard down. And then doing exactly what He tells you to do. This is how you grow. Not by screaming about the things that you think are wrong, but by sharing them in a composed way.
This is a good directive for many of the conversations we are having in this season. Open hearted conversations are much more productive than closed hearted arguments.
Often we wait endlessly for Gods guidance. Are we waiting longer than we have to? What if we turned off the distractions and tuned in to God and became completely willing to His directives? Would our wait for guidance dissipate?