Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Gideon’s Fleece and God’s Patience


Judges 6:37

Then Gideon said to God, “Look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as you have said.”

Gideon was a brave and godly young man listed as one of the heroes of the Old Testament.

When God chose him for an enormous task, Gideon had the audacity to question Him.

God told Gideon what He wanted, and Gideon responded in verse 37 by “putting out the fleece” which is saying, “God, if you will(do a certain thing), then I will trust you.”

God was not offended.  He did what Gideon asked and Gideon had the nerve to put out another fleece, and that’s the trouble with relying on a fleece, it becomes a substitute for faith.

In her journal Mother wrote, “Putting out the fleece is a poor decision-making method.  Those who do this put limitations on God.  Don’t let a “fleece” become a substitute for God’s wisdom that comes through Bible study and prayer.”

Dear Lord, Thank you for being patient with us, even when we question you.  Help us to grow in faith so that we don’t need to put out a fleece. Amen

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

2 thoughts on “Gideon’s Fleece and God’s Patience

  1. Great advice


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