Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” (Judges 6:39NIV)
The kind of sign to ask God for is a specific one. Gideon shows us that over and over again. The request in today’s scripture was his third request in this passage. First he asked for a sign when he met the Lord (Judges 6:17 NIV). The second time was when God said he was going to save Israel through Gideon. That request was the opposite of his third one, he asked God to make the fleece wet and the ground dry (Judges 6:37 NIV). His final request, make the fleece dry and the ground wet. God answered all of them. He understood Gideon’s need for reassurance. God understands our need for reassurance. The kind of sign you should ask God for is a specific one.
The kind of sign you should ask God for is a specific one.
Signs are as unique to each of us as our lives are. What God gives me as a sign wouldn’t be a sign for someone else. One of the signs I remember asking God for was when I purchased a car. I couldn’t afford to buy a new car, but I wanted a new car. As they were running my credit, that is when I thought about God. I went into the bathroom, knelt on my knees, and asked God for a sign. “Lord, if you want me to buy this car, let the paperwork go through.” I wasn’t sure that it would. When it did, I felt God was blessing my purchase.
I learned a valuable lesson from that car I’ve never forgotten. I believe God blessed that purchase because it is the only way I would ever learn. Buying a car I couldn’t afford taught me self-discipline, money management, and wisdom. I learned self-discipline because I was stuck with the car. I owed more than it was worth, I couldn’t sell it. Every month when I paid the car payment, I was kicking myself for my impulse decision. I learned to manage money. The weight of the debt was heavy on my shoulders, I turned to God for help. He taught me how to manage money through His word. Slowly I paid it off, slowly I grew closer to God because of it. And I gained wisdom, God taught me more than words can describe because He blessed my purchase with what to me was a sign.
The kind of sign you should ask God for is a specific one. But don’t be surprised if He uses it in ways you’d never imagine.
Question of the Day:
What kind of sign are you asking God for today?
Further Reading: Judges 6:1-40 NIV, Luke 22:54-23:12 NIV, Psalm 95:1-96:13 NIV, Proverbs 14:5-6 NIV