Read Judges 6:36-40
A rocking chair and an open Bible. These are two indelible memories of my mom. The upholstery of the green and white chair was worn from the many morning hours she spent there meeting God in His Word and in prayer. I can still picture her sitting in the sun room where she found such peace watching the birds at the feeder hovering above the beauty of her flowers with her bible open on her lap. Perhaps that’s one reason why she cherished the hymn, In the Garden. “I come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses, and the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses. And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.” The words of the hymn echo the heart of my mom.
The phrase “to lay out a fleece” is often associated with seeking the will of God in a particular situation. This is what Gideon did as he sought additional confirmation from God for the task that was ahead. Gideon could have asked for any miraculous sign, so why did he choose the sign of a dew soaked sheepskin or the ground around it? It is unclear why Gideon requested this specifically. However there are some lessons perhaps we can glean.
Dew helped sustain vegetation in the dry and arid land of Israel. We see in Numbers 11:9 that God sent the manna with the dew every night to the camp of Israel while they wandered the wilderness. It is a reminder of God’s daily provision and blessing. Moses, at the end of his life, said in Deut. 32:2, “Let my teaching fall like rain, and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Moses compared his teaching of God’s Word to the refreshment and life giving sustenance of dew and rain. In fact later in the chapter Moses says concerning the words of the law, “They are not just idle words for you- they are your life.” (Deut. 32:47)
When Gideon squeezed the dew from the fleece and collected a whole bowl full of water (Judges 6:38), perhaps he was reminded that God was pouring out his blessing of sustenance. Life giving water like God’s life giving words. Soon God was going to strip away Gideon’s army. What looked like what would sustain Gideon’s victory, 33,000 soldiers, would soon be stripped down to just an army of 300. The bowl full of water, not forgotten, was a picture of God’s blessings and sustenance already provided, complete and full.
He is our bowl full of water. He is our living water. All our sustenance is in Him. As the dew provides nourishment for the plants, so His Word provides life for our soul. Complete and full.
“I stay in the garden with Him though the night around me is falling. But He bids me go; through the voice of woe. His voice to me is calling.” The night brings the dew and in the morning it is a shower of blessing.