Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the new candidate for the Supreme Court and the confirmation process that can get him there. Hearings, debates, votes, and I’m not sure what else has to take place before a justice is added to the bench. Since I’m not a fan of politics, I must admit I’m not following the procedure very closely. Although I am keeping the situation in prayer.
But the concept of confirmation has been coming up a lot lately in my life. My husband and I have been seeking the Lord for months about something, and He recently made His will perfectly clear in a rather unexpected way. I’ll be sharing about this in an upcoming blog post called Perfect Timing.
The other day I was talking with my sister, Lori. In the course of our conversation, she shared two specific things the Lord had confirmed for her. Although the situations were unrelated, they unfolded in the same way: an insight was shared and before she had the chance to process it, someone else gave her the exact same advice. Wise counsel from two different sources let Lori know for sure they had come from the Lord. Why is that?
First of all, what was suggested to her did not go against the Scriptures or the character of God. No matter what we hear or how many times it is communicated to us, we first need to make sure it aligns with Who the Almighty is and what He says as revealed through His Word. Second, after praying about it, she had a peace in her heart that the counsel was from the Lord. That didn’t necessarily mean it was easy or she even wanted to follow it. But she trusts Jesus so she stepped out in faith.
Finally, the fact that each piece of advice was spoken by two different people cinched it. This ties in with a principle we see throughout Scripture, perhaps best stated in Deuteronomy 19:15: "A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. (ESV) Contextually, this has to do with the criminal justice system. But the principle is expanded by Jesus (Matt 18:16) and Paul in the New Testament (II Cor 13:1) regarding sin issues.
At the beginning of His earthly ministry, it was the witness of three that asserted Christ’s deity at His baptism: John the Baptist (John 1:29-34), the Spirit descending like a dove, and the voice of the Almighty (Matt 3:13-17, Mk 1:9-11, Lk 3:21-22). And Jesus used this same standard to prove that He is Who He says He is, the Son of God, in John 5:31: If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not deemed true. (ESV) He continues by sharing the other witnesses to His identity (John 5:32-47).
Like with my sister, sometimes God confirms things without us even having to ask. A great Scriptural example of this is found in I Samuel 10:1-8, where the Almighty gives several proofs that He had called Saul to be the Jews’ first earthly king. On other occasions, the confirmations came after being requested. The two that come to mind are the servant who sought a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac (Genesis 24:12-21), and the perhaps more familiar account of Gideon needing to know for sure that the Lord had called Him to lead the charge against the Midianites (Judges 6:36-40).
If you are facing a big decision or find yourself at a crossroads, my hope is that you are seeking God’s wisdom, direction, and guidance. Why not also ask Him to reveal His will and confirm it through two or three witnesses? He's under no obligation to do so, as this is a principle not a promise from the Word. But if He chooses to, then you can confidently move forward knowing you are walking in obedience to Him.
Just one more thing that amazes me about our Lord along the way!