Q: What are your views on the practice of putting out a fleece (Judges 6:37-40)?

A: I believe people misuse Gideon's “putting out the fleece” as a way of determining the will of God. The Bible actually discourages trying to find signs from God, like putting out the fleece. Furthermore, Gideon did not put out the fleece to determine what God's will was. He already knew what God wanted him to do because he was plainly told. In fact, he was putting out the fleece hoping not to have to fulfill God's will. Putting out the fleece is actually a sign of spiritual weakness and not spiritual strength. Someone who lives according to biblical principles and by the indwelling Holy Spirit will be able to determine God's will without such unbiblical practices.