[This is a bonus post of the Hearing God's Voice series.]
The young lady couldn’t get him out of her head. He still worked at her old job with some of her other friends. The Holy Spirit was dealing with her not to pick up the phone. Ignoring Him, she called one of her friends that still worked there, “Can I pick you up from work today like I used to so I can see him?” “I guess. I’ll call my normal ride,” she replied.
For the entire drive there the Holy Spirit was dealing with her not to go inside. But she talked herself out of believing that the Lord didn’t want her to pursue the relationship. She went inside to get her friend instead of waiting for her to come out to the car. She rounded the corner and when he saw her he jumped up in the air with excitement. “What is it? You haven’t ever given me that kind of greeting before,” she laughed. He couldn’t stop smiling, “I prayed and told God to show me if I was supposed to marry you. I said if you came back here this month then He was saying yes, but if you didn’t show then it was no. I’m so happy!”
But she wasn’t happy. “Why didn’t I obey You?”
The moral of the story is that using a fleece is not always a good idea when it concerns relationships. He didn’t get the girl and his life went downhill for a long time after that. That’s as much as I know before I lost touch with them.
Using a fleece may be doable sometimes, but wisdom seems to cry that it’s not God’s best. In the case of Gideon’s example in my previous post there was no pending relationship. It was completely between him and God and some inanimate objects. I think that I would be more inclined to discern God’s voice concerning a relationship and look for confirmations instead of using a fleece.
3 Types of Testing
- We should test the spirit when we hear a voice (1 John 4:1).
- We should prove God, in the sense of standing in faith (Malachi 3:10).
- We should not tempt God (Matthew 4:7) which means “to put to proof God’s character and power.” I would think this means in the sense of manipulating God.
God desires for us to walk by faith, not by sight. He is more concerned with teaching us to trust Him and actually use our faith, then He is with us remaining fearful or being spiritually lazy.
What do you think? Are there times when using a fleece might be more appropriate than others? Are there other instances of using a fleece in the Bible?
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