“Then Gideon said to God, ‘Please don’t be angry with me, but let me make one more request. Let me use the fleece for one more test. This time let the fleece remain dry while the ground around it is wet with dew.’ So that night God did as Gideon asked. The fleece was dry in the morning, but the ground was covered with dew.” 6:39-40
I love reading stories in the Bible about God giving grace and showing patience when people ask him to prove himself. Reading this, did you wonder how Gideon could possible need more signs? More proof that God is powerful and fulfills his promises?
Part of me feels discouraged. Like even if God preformed an unexplainable miracle in front of me, I would still ask for one more before trusting him in the midst of fear.
We beg and beg him for proof that he’s good, that we can trust him when the odds are against us. Then we turn on him instantly whenever we’re facing the consequences of our own rebellion (6:13). This pattern will repeat itself over and over again throughout the Bible, and is often mirrored in our own relationships with him.
What encourages me, though, is God’s gentleness here. He goes along with Gideon’s science experiment with the fleece. Twice. I love when God shows understanding to our humanness.
Take a minute and reflect on a time the Lord has shown you tenderness when you’ve doubted him. How does it impact your relationship with him? Do you grow in your trust, or ask for more proof?