Gideon was not your gung ho action hero. He then went through the process of using a sheep’s fleece to really confirm this was God speaking.
Evan was similar to Gideon in that God called him to build an ark but he didn’t want to. He had his career in politics and was intent on following that path. God kept intervening in His life, directing Evan to be obedient to what He asked of him. Eventually Evan had to take a stand for God in opposition to what was worldly wisdom. This stand cost him his position in Congress, his family, his reputation and his future. It wasn’t easy but he stood for righteousness.
At the end of the movie after everything was restored to him he sees God waiting for him under a tree. He goes over to talk to Him and says something like ‘you know I fought you all the way on building the ark’. God response to Evan is: “I know, you fought me all the way but you still obeyed.”
That is profound. God is looking for obedience. But like so many characters in the bible we keep asking for more clarity. Gideon kept asking for more confirmation. Then King Saul couldn’t wait for Samuel to arrive and offered the burnt offering himself, Samuel in verse 22 of I Samuel 15 “replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
We can justify our disobedience because what we’ve been asked seems crazy to us. We want to know more about what we are being asked to do. If we actually knew fully what His intent for us was, we’d go hide under a duvet and never come out. Great things done for God and His kingdom are only realized by being obedient one step at a time in the requests we don’t fully understand.
We have a choice. We can continue to do what has a form of godliness but actually denies the power of God or we can stop resisting and follow the leading of the Spirit of God in our lives. Which way do you want to go?
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