Asking for Confirmation: Jonah, Obedience, and Gideon’s Fleece

Sometimes when God speaks to me, I get super excited. Like when He gives me a sense that something great is coming. Or like in a recent prophecy that was spoken over me, where God promised He was setting me up for success and victory and to overcome. Sounds great doesn’t it? It does to me. Because who doesn’t want victory, success, and the power to overcome?

But if I’m honest, sometimes God speaks to me, and it’s not all about glory and victory and blessings. Sometimes I ask for something, as I did back in November, and He tells me it’s going to be a long hard road. Which does not excite me.

But He also promises that He’ll be with me. And He says, isn’t that enough?

It should be. And it will be. Because in His Word God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. 2 Corinthians 12:9

He has also promised He will never leave me nor forsake me. That promise actually appears multiple times through His Word. Deuteronomy 31:6. Hebrews 13:5. 

And sometimes God tells me to do something- as is my current season- and in the natural, it makes NO SENSE. ZERO SENSE. Like when God calls you to move to another state. To go somewhere you’ve never been before. Like He did with Abraham in Genesis 12:1 where He tells Abraham (then Abram) to pick up and leave his family. His country. His home. And to go with his wife Sarai to the land God was showing him.

I mean, if you think about it, family has always been super important. And God knows that. He created us that way. And here He was, calling Abram to leave everything he knew and follow God to an unknown place.

I feel like in this current season, that’s exactly what God is asking me to do. To trust Him. But to go. 

And it’s not the first time He’s done this. Because it’s as He so often reminds me- I don’t see the big picture. But He does. His thoughts are not my thoughts. And His ways are not my ways. They are higher. Isaiah 55:8-9

And once before I trusted Him and went when He told me. And I knew it was the right thing to do. I was trusting it was the right thing to do. And it was. Again, God proved faithful in leading me to California. And I can now, having come through to the end of that chapter, see clearly why He did what He did. Even though I couldn’t see it prior to going.

I trusted God. And He proved faithful. And so here I am again, faced with the challenge to do as He’s called me and step out. Step out in faith.

But the choice is mine. We always have a choice in following after God. Always.

The thing is, that if God calls you to do something and you don’t… that’s disobedience. The opposite of faith and trust in Him is going the opposite way that He’s called you. Remember Jonah? There’s a whole 3 page book in the Bible named after that prophet. And it’s because he did the exact same thing I’m torn about doing. Following through on what God has called me to.

But we all know Jonah’s name, not because of his obedience to follow God. We know Jonah because of his disobedience. And the story of how he ran from God. 

Ultimately he did as God had asked. And God showed him mercy and gave him a second chance. But in not doing what God had asked him to do the first time, he caused himself a lot of unnecessary grief and trials.

There’s that.

But. What about in cases where we believe God is speaking to us, but we’re uncertain of His answer. He gives me an answer. Or I hear an answer, feel a leading… but I’m not sure.

What can I do to gain clarification? To know that it truly is of God. God’s leading.

The short answer is found in John 10:27. Where Jesus is speaking and says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”

And He then goes on to say that the voice of another they will not follow.

So there’s that. 

And while that’s the simple answer, and the next simple answer is, just step out in faith. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is confidence in what we hope for, the evidence of things unseen.” Faith is stepping out on the water, trusting God, keeping our eyes on Him. Knowing and trusting that He has a plan for us and all things are working together for our good. Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28

In my case though, and it may be the same with you. I want confirmation. Perhaps 2 or 3 confirmations of what I’m hearing from God.

If God calls you to do something or go somewhere, there’s actually nothing wrong with asking Him to confirm that. And we see that in the book of Judges with Gideon. 

Judges 6:37-40 is actually about Gideon asking God to confirm His word to him. And in the story, Gideon sets out a fleece- not once, but twice. And asks God to confirm His word.

Gideon first set out a fleece and asked God to have dew form everywhere on the fleece, but nowhere around it. God did that. 

Then, Gideon, wanting to be doubly sure, asks that God not be angry, but provide yet another sign. Gideon then asks God to confirm His word and promise to him by having dew form everywhere around the fleece, but not on it. 

And so God did as he asked a second time.

That’s where I find myself today. Feeling confident of what God told me to do, but because it’s such a major life change, another major move, I’m in faith asking God to again confirm what He has promised. 

I’m in essence, asking for a fleece. For confirmation. And I believe God honors that when we ask.

In fact, there’s a verse in the Bible that tells us that we have not because we ask not. James 4:2

God desires to speak with us. He desires us to do His will. 

So I believe when we ask for confirmation, He honors that. Thus, I’m praying. Waiting. And watching. Believing for a clear answer. Habakkuk 2:1 “I will stand at my watch, and set myself on the ramparts, and will look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.”

What do you believe? Do you believe God honors us asking for confirmation? Comment below and let me know what you think.