“Sometimes when we ask for God’s favor, he responds by giving us a specific, tangible sign of divine confirmtion that allows us to take our next step with confidence.”- Brian Jones
“If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me.”- Judges 6:17 (NIV)
In Chapter 9 (“Divine Confirmation”) of Finding Favor, Brian Jones talks about another way God shows us His favor. When we ask for it, God gives us unmistakable confirmation He’s at work. He’s leading, guiding, and calling us to do something. Also, as Gideon failed to realize, with God what we can see never determines the battle. Rather, what God sees within us determines the battle.
Furthermore, Pastor Jones underscores, in Judges 6:17 Gideon uttered the twenty-one most important words one could ask when trying to discern God’s will on a particular issue. Yet, our tendency to overanalyze things erects a barrier to experiencing God’s presence.
Therefore, Brian suggests five ways to ask for a sign from the Lord:
- Look to Scripture first. Thus, a principle in Scripture provides the guidance or specific direction you need. If God’s Word provides the sign, you need not look anywhere else.
- Don’t ask for a sign as a way to sidestep patience and suffering. Hence, it’s important not to sidestep the wisdom-building process of the trials and tribulations God takes us through. When we sidestep the issue, that represents our attempt to force God’s hand in the matter.
- Ask for a sign only when you’re forced to do so. If time is of the essence, there’s nothing written in Scripture, and you’re indecisive about God’s direction, then ask for a sign.
- Wait until you have an A or B scenario. Before you ask for a sign, narrow down your choices to only two. Use godly wisdom, trusted advice, and searching the Scriptures.
- Ask for an abnormal occurence of an everyday occurence. Pastor Jones finds that God works best when given realistic, everyday options.
Today’s question: Describe a time when you asked for a specific, tangible sign of divine confirmation. Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Making an idol of exhaustion”