“Then Gideon said to God, ‘If You will deliver Israel through me, as You have spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor’” (Judges 6:36-37).
The expression “putting out the fleece” should not be understood as an expression of great faith or deep spirituality. Gideon’s request is actually a reflection of his doubt and unbelief in the clearly stated directives of God. How often do we try to spiritualize our hesitation and reluctance to be obedient to God’s word with “fleece” language such as “I’m praying to know God’s will” or “I’m just waiting on a sign from God?” While Gideon had the word of the Lord spoken to him, we have the word of the Lord in the canonical text of scripture. Knowing God’s will is no mystery. Whether or not we will do it is the greater mystery.