The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

The Fleece Test

Bible Character: Gideon

“Allow me one more test with the fleece.  This time make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.” That night God did so.  Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.  Judges 6: 39-40

God had called Gideon to defeat the Midianites, thereby saving the Israelites.  In the above verse, Gideon seemed to “test” God, to make sure this was really the proper conclusion.

When it comes to major decisions…why is it sometimes okay for leadership to move gradually?

Full Consideration

When making major decisions for an organization, there are lots elements to consider.  Often decisions affect many people, in ways we don’t always realize.    Knowing the consequences up front can be beneficial in processing towards the conclusion.  If we rush, and have not fully considered all the ramifications, it’s much more difficult to manage.  Collaborating beforehand with the proper people can help immensely.


We operate so much better when we are convinced of our conclusions.  Gideon was able to get a confirmation from God, and could proceed confidently.

Not All Decisions Should Be Slow

Even though sometimes by just waiting to make a decision, the problem can take care of itself…that approach can also be harmful at times.  Many situations require timely decisions by leaders who are confident enough to execute quickly.

If we’re realistic, we know that not all the decisions we make will be good ones, even if we take our time.  I’m not sure if testing God is a positive thing to do when making a decision, Gideon was able to get away with it, and it’s most likely better than defying God.


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