Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 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.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.” ~ Judges 6:36-40
This passage from the book of Judges always encourages me. I’m the type of person who second-guesses herself frequently, wondering if a decision I made was the right one, or stewing way past the normal amount of time about something, before going ahead with it.
Gideon was the same way. What I love about this passage is that Gideon isn’t testing God – he is checking to make sure that he heard right. I’m glad that something like this was included in the Bible, because there are times when I’m just not sure I have heard God right, and I want to double-check. Before going ahead with God’s plan, Gideon wanted to make extra sure that he had really gotten the directions right. And in this case, it was a big deal. Checking things over again was a pretty good idea.
I think that there are times when God’s directives are crystal-clear, and we know exactly what to do. But I do know there are times when things seem a little bit fuzzier, and in those cases, it would benefit us greatly to check with God and make sure we understand what He wants us to do. Much better to be sure of His direction, than to rush forward, confident in the wrong decision.