Gideon Asks God to Prove Himself
There is an Old Testament story of a man named Gideon. We don’t have time to get into much detail, but God was speaking to him about raising an army to defeat the enemy of the Lord. God spoke in a definite way to him. Gideon heard it but I believe Gideon was afraid because he said, “Well, God, I am not sure if I’m really supposed to this, or not supposed to do this.” He, then, put out the fleece for God. He said, “If You really spoke to me, then please make the fleece wet by the morning.” Some people read that story and conclude that when you think God is speaking to you, you should put out a fleece to make the Lord prove Himself to you—-that yes, that was really the Lord speaking. The point of that story was not an encouragement to do that sort of thing, because when God speaks, God speaks. Gideon definitely heard the voice of the Lord, but because of his fear, and because of his slowness to hear what God was asking him to do, and his slowness to do what God wanted him to do, he was asking God for some kind of sign. In the book of Matthew, we read that some of the religious people were asking Jesus Christ, the Son of God, for some kind of sign from heaven that He was really the Messiah. Matthew 12:39, “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign…” In other words, it is evil if you are not willing to listen to what He says or what He speaks to you. That is kind of a strong word, there. Anyway, that is the story of Gideon. Gideon, not really wanting to obey God, was asking God for some kind of a sign to prove to him that it was really Him speaking, and yet all the time, Gideon knew in his heart that it was God speaking to him. Eventually Gideon followed through with what God wanted to do.
This blog was taken from a video on Drew’s YouTube channel.