Do You Need a Sign?

Victor Folkert

READ : Judges 6:33-40

Does God give signs to direct and encourage His people? I think He does. But sometimes we are wrong to ask for signs, because we don’t need them.

Gideon’s fleece is often misunderstood. It was not a means of guidance, since Gideon had already heard from God through an angel and the urging of the Holy Spirit. (In fact, Gideon had already begun to obey God in calling out the troops.) For some reason, Gideon lost his nerve. Laying out the fleece was not an act of faith, but an act of doubt, as Gideon himself recognized (v. 39).

Should we ask for signs? Usually not. If we just don’t know what to do, or we can’t seem to find the nerve, we might ask for a sign. But our desire for a sign must never be an excuse; Jesus said of people like that, “An evil and adulterous generation asks for a sign.”

Many times we know what God wants, and we have enough faith to at least get started. Does God want you in church regularly? Does He want you to give significantly? Does He want you to use your gifts in His kingdom? Does He want you to lead others in serious Christian living? You don’t need a special sign, do you?


Lord, if You choose not to give us a sign, at least help us see clearly what You want us to do. Amen.