“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” (Gal. 3:1)
What do you do when you are not sure of what you are to do?
It is called the tried-and-true method, if you are not sure, then rely on what your experience has shown you works, the steps of faith over time will start to form, to coalesce into a path that can be easily followed. It is the unknown where faith must take these leaps and bounds.
“Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” (Gen. 12:1)
Either something was not going well in Abraham’s life or the path that he was on right before the Lord called him caused something in him to doubt its value. He wasn’t sure if the direction of his life was the right one or not. When we do not know, we ask, and we must be sure the answer is from the Almighty.
I believe that no matter how long you have been saved, the Lord makes His voice clear to us in these matters, subtle hints from the Holy Spirit, at least for me, many times go unnoticed or right over my head, and He knows that. Sometimes yes, it is just a feeling, but remember, our hearts can deceive us so we must test the spirits. The just live by faith, not sight my friends, but they also apply Spiritual discernment when it is time to take that leap of faith.
I see no problem in certain instances of putting a fleece out two nights in a row, although in our case it would probably be a towel or blanket, but only when one is not positive of the direction the Lord wants you to take. The point is not to dishonor the Living God by doing so, but to be able to hear His will perfectly in your life so that your life continues to glorify Him. That fleece is of course only one means,
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26)
The point is this, when you do not know, you must ask, and when the answer is given, you must be sure. Gideon knew this, he was not putting the Lord to the test, he wanted to be sure, he was, in that sense, employing Malachi 3:10. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”
How much you should give to the Lord’s work and where, which employment position should you accept, any and every possible example you can think of, your heavenly Father is interested in and is more than willing to direct your path. In fact, He has promised to.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Prov. 3:6)
How your life is to be lived for His glory is clearly explained in the Scriptures, which vehicle you should purchase is not. You are never left in the dark, you are never left to fend for yourself, you never have to be concerned if the decision you have made is the right one or not, if you will just ask.
There is one place though that I have found where He will let you learn this lesson for yourself, and that is in what I call impulse movements. Acting without thinking, without patience, without prayerful consideration of our actions. And if you are deep in debt, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Leaps of faith when not asking for guidance from the Lord first will more than likely not end up profitable for you or glorify God.
“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” (James 4:15)
He wants you to know how to glorify His name, He wants you to see the path clearly, not everything in our lives is seen through that glass darkly, for those that are, just ask.