Ein Harod —How to Move from Fear to Faith

Sometimes what we see seems more compelling than what God says.

Too often, fear keeps us from enjoying what God has promised. We want so badly to have faith in what the Lord says. But fear of what we see seems more compelling than mere words. Gideon knew that.

Ein Harod —How to Move from Fear to Faith

(Photo: Ein Harod (Gideon’s Spring). Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Gideon longed to believe God. But the enemy army before him was enormous. What he saw seemed far more compelling than what God had promised him.

We face the same odds today. And the solution is the same.

Gideon’s (Lack of) Faith at Ein Harod

The Spring of Harod (Ein Harod) still flows today from the mouth of a cave at the bottom of Mount Gilboa. Throughout the centuries, water from this spring refreshed innumerable travelers throughout the Harod Valley. It was here Gideon learned to trust God (Judges 7:1-25).

Although the Lord promised a great victory, the doubtful judge still requested a sign to prove it. Yet the assurance of God’s promises didn’t negate the circumstances that forced Gideon to have faith. The fleece didn’t cause 135,000 Midianites to disappear.

Fear was still in Gideon, and he still had to have faith for deliverance.

Ein Harod with soldiers drinking

(Photo: Israeli soldiers drinking from Ein Harod. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Lord knew that the Hebrews, though badly outnumbered, would still boast in their victory. So the Lord told Gideon to bring his men down to the Ein Harod spring and separate them on the basis of how they drank. Thinning the ranks again put him in a position that would expose his fear.

Gideon had sought security with the fleece, and though God acquiesced to the request, the Lord immediately countered by putting him in an even more precarious position.

If he struggled to have faith at 4 to 1 odds, how would he react to 450 to 1? He had to face his fear. No other way would do it.

How God Uses Fear to Strengthen our Faith

Some situations today will seem as bleak, hopeless, and full of fear as Gideon’s seemed to him at Ein Harod. Circumstances and emotions will demand we doubt what God has clearly promised. But our confidence and faith must remain fixed on what the Lord has said, not in what we see.

To help us understand that, God does several things:

  • He will take us to uncomfortable places to free us from fear and to convince us He can do what He said.
  • The Father may ignore our immature pleas for relief and let us squirm.
  • As we face the unavoidable fear, we begin to understand what escape would never have allowed: God does what He says.

Tell me what you think: Why do you think we ask God for “fleeces” to help us dispel the fear in our hearts? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • Bill Reeves

    You have encouraged me again. Thanks again.  I write a blog, walkwiththefatman.com about a not so perfect guy walking to health. My studies in Israel and walks there have influenced me all of my life. Your books and blog are well done.

    • I like the title of your blog, Bill. I’m with you regarding the studies in Israel influencing us for life. It’s inescapable. Thank you, Bill, for your kind words.

  • Carriesalmon079

    So be it!

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  • Brian Dobler

    “Circumstances and emotions will demand we doubt what God has clearly promised. But our confidence and faith must remain fixed on what the Lord has said, not in what we see.” Love it. Nice piece, Wayne!

    • Thanks so much, Brian. I can’t count the times doubt has demanded its way. Thank God for His unchanging Word—and for the fellowship that affirms those Scriptures. Thanks for your note.

  • Camille

    Sometimes when fear grips our hearts, we need a reassuring word from the Lord.

    • You’re exactly right, Camille. So, so right. I’m grateful the Lord gives His grace in those moments of need. Thanks.

  • Rev. Bill Reeves

    It looks like they have added a row of rocks to the location. It would change the dynamics I would think. I know when I was there knowing Judges 7 changed how I drank from the stream. Trusting God when something is on the line is harder, but an act of faith puts us in God’s hands.

    • That’s right, Bill. I’ve even seen pictures where the pool looks more like a massive pond! Makes far more sense for a massive army to drink all at once.

  • Brittany Holloman

    Thank you for connecting! I plan on reviewing your content tonight. I am so excited. 😀

    • You’re so welcome, Brittany. If you’re a DTS student, I’d really urge you to take my blogging course this fall. If not, the Platform book will really help. I’d love to see your blog traffic and influence really take off. God bless.

  • Roger

    Why a fleece? Fear that the plan or direction I may choose might be my own selfish will, and not the miraculous Lord’s plan. I want to be used by God in some venture, but I should more wish to please him where I’m at, and within my circumstances.

    • That’s a great insight, Roger. What I love about Gideon’s story is that the request for a fleece– whether from faith or from fear– was answered by God so graciously. I’m glad He offers us encouragement along the way. We sure need it in order to trust Him wholly. Thanks.

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