Growing up, my radios were quite different than they are today. The digital world—not to mention satellites—changed everything. Now, I simply punch the scan button, and the radio automatically advances to the next available station.
For many years, I had to manually tune a radio to a particular station. Stations would advertise their call numbers. Finding it required turning a knob and advancing to those numbers. Though the numbers were displayed on the dial, they were in separated increments. I knew when I was close, but I could never know I had arrived until I heard a station. Even then, I couldn’t be sure it was the right one until I heard the announcer broadcast the call numbers. Delicately turning the knob was necessary to arrive at just the right station.
Digital numbers make it easy to know I’ve tuned in to the correct station. Knowing I’m tuned into God’s plan is nice as well. Gideon needed to know he was. He was sure God had instructed him to defeat Israel’s enemies, the Midianites. When God instructed him to do it with only 300 warriors, he was concerned he might have tuned in to the wrong station. Traipsing into the enemy’s camp one night and hearing a dream about a loaf of bread, convinced him he had the right station. God was dialed in to his dilemma.
Knowing God is dialed in to our concerns makes life easier and more peaceful, and peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit God says should hang from our life trees. But it’s not a peace only experienced when circumstances are in our favor. This peace hangs around when things are going our way—or not. Gideon uncovered it in a dream.
We can live with confidence and peace when we remember God is tuned in to our needs. Nothing escapes Him, and He often gives us little clues—as He did Gideon, that He’s aware of our circumstances.
Tune your heart directly to God where you’ll hear loud and clear that He knows your plight and is ready to speak peace and wisdom into your situations.
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