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In the Bible this concept of ‘putting out a fleece’ was an isolated case of confirming guidance that had already been given along with a demonstration of divine power, whereby God graciously gave another two visible indicators (Jdg 6:16,21,36-40). Gideon who was struggling in faith asked for a pledge from God that what had been told to him would happen. His request for signs is not a sign of faith but of unbelief. It is not to be a pattern for us to follow. Rather than trying to be ‘lead’ by our uncertain perception of natural events or changeable signs and circumstances lining up, our eyes should be on Jesus who will lead if we will wholeheartedly follow in full surrender and are in intimate relationship with Him. A clear word from God received in faith brings inner assurance. Remember when guidance is received, obedient action is required.

Today however, we have the whole revealed Word of God and the Holy Spirit within to guide and
direct us (1 Cor 6:19; 2 Tim 3:16,17). Daily we should be reading the Scriptures so the commands and principles by which God wants us to live by are being instilled in our hearts (Ps 119:11,97; Col 3:16).

Rely on His Word and Spirit

Walking or living in the Spirit does not necessarily mean a continual asking about every little decision but a rather a dependence on Him, having a sensitive and attentive ear to hear His voice when He needs to get our attention knowing He gave us common sense, a conscience along with intuition (Gal 5:16; Eph 5:18). Have a prayerful attitude and converse with God throughout the day – "for the glory of your name, guide me" (Ps 25:5,9, 31:3, 71:8,24).

See also: conscience, Gideon, guidance/divine, hearing God's voice, intuition, lots/casting, sign.