Give Me a Sign!
“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.” - Judges 6:39
The clerk looked at me and apologetically said, “I need your ID…sorry.” I smiled and replied, “No need to apologize. You are protecting me and my credit. I am happy to give it to you.” It seems, no matter how small the purchase, or what the occasion, at some point, you’re almost certain to be asked to prove that you really are the person you are representing yourself to be.
In the Old Testament story, Gideon asks God for three different signs to verify that God really was saying what Gideon was hearing. In fact, that is where we get the term "fleece prayer". Even today, God is pleased when we ask for a sign to confirm that His messages really are from Him. As I have sought a closer relationship with God, there have been a few times when I was duped, dismayed, and confused by what turned out to be the enemy’s voice when I thought I was hearing from God, but I failed to seek confirmation through Scripture or seek Godly counsel to confirm it. In fact, I have even complained that it just wasn’t fair that I should be so easily confused when I was diligently seeking answers during my prayers. Finally, I heard that whisper into my spirit, “He’s a liar. It’s what he does.”
The enemy’s best strategy is to get us to mistrust God's still, small voice so we will think it is just our own mind playing tricks on us. What a perfect way to separate us from the One Voice that can lead us into every Truth and keep us on the right path. If Satan quoted scripture to Jesus during His wilderness testing, why would he not do the same thing to us?
The enemy knows what you want and he is not above coming at you with a message he knows you really want to hear…especially if it might derail God’s plan for your life. But God is the only one who can hear your unspoken thoughts, and when He speaks, there is almost never a sense of urgency or unrest. Just like any other knowledge worth acquiring, learning to recognize God’s voice takes time and effort. It starts with a personal relationship with Him, which is the Pearl of Great Price that Jesus tells us the man sold everything he had in order to obtain (Matthew 13:44).
If you are praying for something specific that you know is not against God’s will, and think you have heard an answer but are unsure about it, don’t be afraid to ask Him to confirm it. He does not mind, and will re-confirm it several times if that is what it takes. Confirmation comes through a combination of: (i) Scripture, (ii) the Godly counsel of trusted Christian advisors, and (iii) His peace in the midst of your circumstances. Those are tests the enemy cannot pass. The good news is, if the enemy is trying to trip you up, you are probably on the right track! Keep reading His Word and seeking Him in prayer, and He will be faithful – and most pleased – to lead you in the right direction every time.
Prayer: Our gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us, leading us, guiding us and teaching us how to know You and hear Your voice. Your Word promises that when we seek You with all of our hearts, minds, and strength, You will listen, and You will answer our prayers. Father, draw us closer to You and help us to know You more intimately; protect us from the deceptions of the enemy as we pray for Your will to be done in and through our lives. We love You, praise You, and wait confidently, knowing You will answer, in Jesus’ name, amen.
"My heart has heard you say, 'Come and talk with me.' And my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming." Psalm 27:8
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13
“Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:31
“For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24
"Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 'If you are the Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered him, 'It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’'” Matthew 4:5-7
“Hezekiah...said to Isaiah, 'What sign will the Lord give to prove the he will heal me...?' ... So Isaiah asked the Lord...and He caused the shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!" 2 Kings 20:8, 11
"Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years." James 5:17
“The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.’ Jesus then left them and went away.” Matthew 16:1-4
“If you are not willing to give up everything for Christ, are you willing to be made willing?”
– Frederick B. Mayer