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