Then Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.” And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. Then Gideon said to God, “Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew.” And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.
Judges 6:36–40, ESV
Gideon and his tests! God had given Gideon many signs in His communications with him. That was not enough for Gideon, and he tested not only once but twice more. I don’t believe that it was out of uncertainty for Gideon but because he really didn’t want to do what God wanted him to do. I can relate, sadly. I have had multiple times in my life where I have prayed and tested God beginning with the call to become a pastor. The thing about asking God for a sign is that when He has been clear on His intentions, He will give you an answer. Personally, I have experienced some painful affirmations because of my stubbornness, but God has always provided and carried out His desires through me. There are those whose callings from God are to do exactly what they are already doing and may just be a nudge to do it all for His glory. Others, like me, may be called away to go to different places to do the work that God has set out. The callings of God are unique to each of His servants. It is important to be faithful and listen for and to God’s nudges and urgings. Whether it be a fleece like Gideon or an affirmative word in a sermon, prayer, reading of Scripture, or a friend, God talks to His people and is constantly calling us to something in life. We may not stand up against an army, but we all may face trials and struggles for the sake of the Lord. All He desires is that we listen to Him, and He will provide for us the way to fulfill His will.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.