When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
What does the Bible say about signs? Let me give you three examples from the Bible of when God used supernatural signs and circumstances to reveal His will.
In Judges 6, the Israelites were being oppressed by the Midianites. So God said to Gideon, in essence, “I want you to attack the Midianites.” Before Gideon went on this suicide mission, he wanted to make sure he was in the middle of God’s will. So he said, “I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through me” (v. 37). What happened? In the morning, the fleece was full of water. God had given a sign just as Gideon asked. But Gideon wanted further confirmation. He said, “Please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground” (v. 39). Once again, God confirmed His will through a supernatural sign.
Did God also use supernatural signs in the New Testament? Yes. After the defection and death of Judas Iscariot, the apostles needed somebody to fill his place. So they chose two candidates. Then the apostles prayed, “Show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship” (Acts 1:24–25). Notice what they did next: “They drew lots for them, and the lot fell to Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles” (v. 26). Casting lots was a lot like throwing dice. The apostles would have taken two stones and put one candidate’s name on each stone. Then they would have shaken up the stones in an urn and rolled them out, and whichever stone came out first was God’s choice. God used that process to reveal His will.
That incident happened before the coming of the Holy Spirit. But God also used supernatural signs and circumstances after Pentecost. For example, in Acts 16, Paul and Silas were on a missionary journey when Paul received a vision: “A man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them” (vv. 9–10).
We can say with confidence that God used supernatural signs and circumstances to guide His people in biblical times.
Today’s devotion is adapted from “Putting Out the Fleece without Getting Fleeced” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2008.
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