Confirming God’s Voice
Previously, I talked about Listening to God’s Voice. Elijah heard God as a gentle whisper not a loud, booming voice. Hearing God’s voice can be difficult, especially to the untrained ear, but it is imperative that we learn to hear God when He speaks to us. So how do we confirm God’s voice when we don’t know what He sounds like yet? How do we KNOW that we have heard God and not a demon trying to lure us from God’s plan?
When I was first learning to hear God’s voice I used the Gideon test (and to be completely honest, when I hear what I think is God telling me to make a life-altering change, I still use the Gideon test). You may know this test as laying out a fleece or some may have called it a verification that God has spoken.
Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.
-Judges 6:36-40 (NIV), emphasis added
I have used the Gideon test many times in my life, but the one that sticks out the most in my mind is when I ask God to confirm if, this guy I felt led to date, was going to be my husband. I remember where I was (driving in my car, heading home), I remember what I asked God (“If Zak is the man I am going to marry then let the next song on the radio be I’m Letting Go by Francesca Battistelli”), and I remember how I felt when the next song was exactly that (ecstatic, elated, scared, worry, relieved, and slightly confused).
What, in your life, do you think God is telling you to do? What big step might He be asking you to take? What are you unsure of in your life? Lay a fleece, ask God to tell you if this is what He wants you to do. Whether it be a career change, to date someone, or to start volunteering at your church, ask God to reveal it to you through a fleece.