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Recognizing Trust Lessons: Why God is Refusing to Give You Clear Direction

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When you are very eager to please God, it’s only natural that you want to be 100% sure that you’re doing exactly what He wants all of the time.  In an effort to secure that kind of assurance, it’s very easy to fall into a habit of casting lots or routinely asking God for clear signs before you decide on a course of action.  And yet once you start trying to get God to confirm your decisions before you act on them, you will quickly discover that He starts refusing to do so.  Perhaps He does speak to you through signs the first few times.  But soon He’ll stop speaking to you through them.  If that doesn’t deter you from trying to use them, then He’ll start intentionally deceiving you.  For example, in a fit of frustration, you might ask, “God, if You love me, then make this coin land heads up,” and instead God will cause it to land heads down or do whatever else you’ve set up as your “no” signal.  A couple of rounds of this treatment, and you’ll lose all confidence in casting lots as you pitch into a period of frustration and doubt.  So why does God do this?  Why does He intentionally frustrate your efforts to get clear direction from Him?  Isn’t He supposed to be judging you by your motivations?  Yes, He does.  Then why doesn’t He appreciate the fact that you’re sincerely trying to please Him by being clear about what He wants?  He does appreciate it, and He’s expressing His appreciation by frustrating the heck out of you when you try to get clear leading from Him.  Well, what kind of sense does this make?  This is what we’re going to talk about in this post. Read more of this post

Casting Lots Q&A

199Note: If you are looking for specific instructions on how to ask God for a sign, see All About Fleeces. In this post, we will discuss general concerns regarding the practice of casting lots to obtain answers from God.

Casting lots was a God-ordained practice under the Old Covenant. The high priest wore a decorative cloth breastplate called an ephod. Inside the ephod, two lots or dice were kept. Oddly, the dice were named: one was called Urim and the other Thummim. Sometimes in the Bible they were just referred to as “the Urim.”

We don’t find specific direction in the Bible for how these two special lots were to be used. The best clue we have is found in 1 Samuel 14:41, which suggests that the lots were designed to give at least two separate answers. Read more of this post

All About Fleeces: Asking God for a Sign

All About Fleeces (Asking God for a Sign)

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Putting out fleeces can feel like an awkward subject to talk about. We don’t like to broadcast our insecurities about God, nor do we like to talk about the little games and desperate measures we resort to in order to get some clear guidance from Him. But putting out fleeces is nothing to be ashamed of. For the sincere Christian, this strategy can play an important role in learning to recognize God’s Voice and develop faith. In this post we’ll take a comprehensive look at the subject so you can understand how to use fleeces properly and what role they play in building faith.

WHY IS IT CALLED A FLEECE?

Whenever we try to determine God’s will for us by asking Him to do some specific event, it’s called using a fleece or putting out a fleece. We get the term from Gideon, who used an actual fleece—a piece of wool—to seek confirmation about God’s will (Judges 6). Today most of us aren’t using wool, but the term stuck as a catch-all phrase for asking God to give us a specific sign. Read more of this post