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36 Then Gideon said to God, If you are going to give Israel salvation by my hand, as you have said, 37 See,

I will put the wool of a sheep on the grain-floor; if there is dew on the wool only, while all the earth is dry, then I will be certain that it is your purpose to give Israel salvation by my hand as you have said. 38 And it was so: for he got up early on the morning after, and twisting the wool in his hands, he got a basin full of water from the dew on the wool. 39 Then Gideon said to God, Do not be moved to wrath against me if I say only this: let me make one more test with the wool; let the wool now be dry, while the earth is covered with dew. 40 And that night God did so; for the wool was dry, and there was dew on all the earth round it. When Christ was born the angels rejoiced and sang about Peace on Earth. Peace is part of our Christmas message. Peace is what we all desire, but seems the hardest to thing to find. That peace which gives us rest seems to be more of an illusion than anything else. Peace is what God told John the world would desire and not find in the end times. This desire for peace would bring the antichrist to power. We have considered this story in a different character of God before. This is just a little bit farther down the page in the story. Gideon, Gods chosen leader, had a group of people that were depressed and needed more than a pat on the back. They needed victory in their lives. God had told Gideon that He would promise them victory if he destroyed the altars to Baal. Gideon would have to face his family and the leaders of Israel to follow Gods orders. How would you feel if you had to do Gideons job? Would you be nervous? Would you be scared? If they rejected or resisted the idea would you continue? I think that most of us would not be able to do it, even if God had promised victory. We would not stand and face the rejection. There was no glory for Gideon here. People would not love him or respect him for doing this. They would ignore Gideon because their desire would be stronger. When Gideon built this alter to God he named it Jehovah Shalom, or The Lord our Peace. Gideon needed the Peace that only Jehovah could give to achieve the victory that was promised. I think this is significant to how we apply this to our life and culture. Being in tune with God is important if we are to have victory in our life today.

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